IOWA CITY, Ia. – Iowa basketball coach Fran McCaffery has some advice for his freshman center, 7-foot-1 Adam Woodbury.
“He’s just got to tall up,” McCaffery said.
Woodbury has been hampered by foul trouble in Iowa’s first seven games this season. Several times he’s gotten two fouls in the early minutes of the game, and has to spend the rest of the half on the bench. He’s never finished with more than three fouls in any one game, but the early whistles against him have limited his effectiveness.
“He tends to turn sideways to block shots, bring his arm down, and they become what you would call c
heap fouls,” McCaffery said. “But he is actually fouling the guy. If he just talls up, he’s a really hard guy to score over. You saw that in the second half (at Virginia Tech). Particularly when we made our run, they missed a lot of shots in close to the basket because he just got so big. Then he gets after it with two hands and he limits them to one shot.”
Virginia Tech used a 19-1 run in just under 7 minutes bridging the first and second halves to take a 17-point lead on Iowa in their ACC/Big Ten Challenge game Tuesday in Blacksburg, Va. Woodbury had a defensive presence during a 16-2 Iowa rally that got it to within three points before the Hokies pulled away down the stretch.
Woodbury is averaging 5.7 points and 4.9 rebounds through seven college games, and had three of his 10 blocked shots against Virginia Tech.
Now, he’s got to learn to use his height to his advantage.
“I think if he does that, it will help him a lot,” McCaffery said.
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