By Charlie Bergmann
July 20, 2011
Former Pinecrest and Cornell University basketball player Adam Wire has signed a contract to play professional basketball in Denmark.
The 6-foot-5 forward will report to the Vaerlose team in Copenhagen in September. Vaerlose is a member of the 10-team Ligaen BBK of Denmark, the country’s premier league.
A May graduate from Cornell with a degree in business, Wire and Cornell teammate Aaron Osgood-Richardson will be the only Americans on the Vaerlose squad. His eight-month contract includes working with youth basketball programs in Copenhagen.
Wire was a member of three Ivy League champion Big Red teams that made it to the NCAA tournament, including the 2010 edition that finished 29-5 after a loss to Kentucky in the Sweet 16.
A versatile and hardnosed player, he was among the team leaders in rebounds and steals throughout his Big Red career. As a senior at Pinecrest, he averaged 13 points, 11 rebounds, six assists and three steals per game, earning all-conference honors.
Wire’s parents, Mike and Cheryl Wire, currently live in Memphis, Tenn., but still own property locally. Reached by phone while visiting in Greensboro this week, Cheryl said that she and her husband are looking forward to making a trip to Denmark.
She also indicated that Adam plans to make a trip to Norwich, Conn., in 10 days to see former Pinecrest basketball and baseball teammate Seth Maness. Drafted by the St. Louis Cardinals in June, Maness pitches for the Batavia Muckdogs team of the New York Penn League that will be meeting the Connecticut Tigers.