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Woodbury hopes to make college decision soon

[ 10 ] June 20, 2011 |

High school center Adam Woodbury hasn’t narrowed his list of schools or set a time for when he’d like to make his much-anticipated decision about college.

But he knows one thing for sure.

“This is going to come sooner rather than later,” Woodbury said Monday afternoon. “I’m not going to drag this out through my (senior) season.

“I think it’ll help me with my game as well just getting this off my mind and getting everything taken care of before I start my high school season.”

Woodbury’s stock continues to rise as the 7-footer approaches his senior season at Sioux East High School.

He was named the Most Valuable Player at the prestigious NBA Top-100 Player’s Association Camp last weekend in Charlottesville, Va., and is widely regarded as one of the top 100 players in the 2012 high school senior class.

“This camp was a really good one, to win MVP of this one blew my mind,” Woodbury said. “I didn’t expect anything to happen like that. It was a definite honor.”

Woodbury also considers the recruiting process to be an honor and something too important to rush through.

The earliest he could sign a letter of intent is in November during the early signing period.

“A lot of people say it’s a burden on them, and I’m just having a good time with everything,” Woodbury said. “It’s fun to see coaches walk into the gym and watch you play basketball, a game I love to do.

“I’m just testing the waters with everybody. I don’t want to jump into any rash decision that I might regret in a little while.”

As for narrowing his list of schools, Woodbury said he plans to release perhaps a top-five list in the near future.

He’s read and heard reports about him already having done so, but Woodbury said it’s never come from him.

“I haven’t, but a lot of people have listed a top five for me,” Woodbury said. “People have taken what I’ve said out of context.

“It’s what people think. And it’s all right. But at the end of the day, it’s what I think.”

Iowa was the first school to recruit Woodbury, and he said Monday that the Hawkeyes are still very much in the mix.

Former Iowa coach Todd Lickliter first offered Woodbury a scholarship, and Fran McCaffery did the same after replacing Lickliter as the Iowa coach in March 2010.

“They’ve been recruiting me the longest,” Woodbury said of Iowa. “They’ve been recruiting me since I can remember.

“I built a great relationship with both staffs. And they definitely are in the mix.”

Woodbury seems convinced that McCaffery will rebuild the Iowa program, something Lickliter failed to do in three seasons before being fired.

“Coach McCaffery is a great guy, and the whole staff is, actually,” Woodbury said. “They’re great people. And I really think they’re turning around the program, and there’s something special there.”

Woodbury recently received a scholarship offer from Ohio State coach Thad Matta and Woodbury also is hearing from other national powers like North Carolina and Kansas.

“Coach Matta is a great guy, and I’ve really built a relationship with them,” Woodbury said of the Ohio State coaches. “And we’ll see how everything with that goes.”

Part of Woodbury’s motivation to decide before his senior season is to have fewer distractions as he pursues a state title one last time.

“It won’t be fair to my coaches and my teammates for me not to play my best because I’m worried about other things,” Woodbury said. “I just want to devote everything to my team and actually win a state championship this year.”

Iowa fans are waiting anxiously for Woodbury to decide because he is considered a key piece to McCaffery’s rebuilding puzzle. Being from instate and having parents who are Iowa fans adds to the pressure to land him.

“It’s better than not having people wanting you to go to their school,” Woodbury said of the pressure to sign with Iowa. “That’s definitely an honor to have.

“That’s why I’m taking my time, because I know it’s not just going to affect me. It’s going to affect my family, and it’s going to affect the school I go play for and the schools that I don’t.”

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About Pat Harty: Columnist Pat Harty has been covering the Iowa Hawkeyes for the Press-Citizen since 1991. Originally from Des Moines, he currently writes columns and covers Hawkeye men's basketball for Hawk Central. View author profile.

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