July 14, 2010

Woodbury hopes to raise his stock

For a high school basketball player, it's easy to see that the July evaluation period is different. With college coaches and talent evaluators in the stands at various AAU games it is the opportunity for a prospect to raise his stock and pick up more offers. That's one of the goals this summer for Iowa big man Adam Woodbury. The nearly 7-footer from Sioux City hopes to add more offers and improve his Rivals.com ranking.

Just before the start of the very important July evaluation period, Rivals.com released their latest rankings for the Class of 2012 and it included Woodbury at #86 in the country.

"It is a real honor to be ranked right now, but I know I have to go out and play hard every game to keep that ranking. But, it's not where I want to be. I'm a competitor and I want the ranking to be higher, so I know I have to continue to work hard and play hard," he said.

While the ranking business is on his mind, he also knows that quite a few sets of eyeballs wearing the polo shirts of various colleges are also watching his every move on the basketball court this month.

"I've been looking forward to this period for about a month," Woodbury said. "I put in a lot of work in June to improve my game and I think it's a lot of fun to play in front of all the coaches. You definitely want to kick it up a notch to show the coaches what you can do and make them want to recruit you even harder."

The four star prospect current holds six scholarship offers. Included on that list are: Iowa, Iowa State, Creighton, Nebraska, Drake, and Utah. He said that he is also hearing from Minnesota, Harvard, Marquette, and that Ohio State has picked up their interest in him in the last month.

He also attended the Kansas Elite Camp in June with his Martin Brothers AAU teammates Marcus Paige and Mike Gesell. He said that the he learned a lot working with Kansas assistant coach Danny Manning and that the Jayhawks have been in regular contact with him.

Woodbury is also hearing from the Iowa coaches on a regular basis. On June 15th, the day when coaches could officially start calling 2012 prospects, Coach Fran McCaffery was one of the first coaches to pick up the phone and make a call.

"I talked to Coach McCaffery the first day that they could call in June and Coach Francis e-mailed me a little bit during the period. I like what I have been hearing from them," he said.

After a very busy July with the Martin Brothers AAU team, Woodbury plans on mapping out a schedule of unofficial visits for August and into the fall to get to the campuses of several schools that are recruiting him. One of those stops will likely be in Iowa City.

"I love getting on different college campuses and seeing what it is like," Woodbury said. "I'm sure I will make it to Iowa City at some point this fall, probably for a football game."

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