Woods Pulls the Trigger, Verbals to ASU

Following his recent visit to Tempe, forward Kraidon Woods expressed how much he enjoyed his trip. Yet, he also sounded like a person in no hurry to make his college pledge. Nonetheless, less than 72 hours since his venture to Sun Devil country, he decided to commit to the maroon and gold. Devils Digest talked to Woods following his decision, as well as with his high school coach Seth Eilberg.

"I guess I moved pretty fast since I came back form my trip," said the 6-8 195 Kraidon Woods laughing. "I got to talk to my coach, my mom (his dad accompanied him on the ASU visit), just talked to everyone…and everything became clear to me and I knew that this was the best situation for me. So I just went with it."

In a post-visit interview to Devils Digest two days ago, Woods, who hails from Swiftwater, Penn., talked about head coach Herb Sendek and his staff in glowing terms. Thus, it's no surprise that this factor weighed heavily in his verbal commitment. "When I re-opened my recruitment," said the one time Villanova commit, "I said I was gonna play anywhere in the country as long as I'm playing in a big conference and in a system that fits me. The coaching staff are a great group of guys that made me feel comfortable and confident that I can play in that system. The Pac-10 is a big conference and ASU is a program on the rise. It's a beautiful place."

The Sun Devil coaching staff did recruit Woods while they were at North Carolina State. Hill high school head coach Seth Eilberg said that it wasn't much of a factor in Woods' decision to attend ASU, but Sendek's overall reputation caused Eilberg to put the Sun Devils on a short list of schools that he recommended Woods should take a look at after de-committing from the Wildcats.

"He committed to Villanova so early that he didn't really forge a relationship with other schools," recalled Eilberg. "With Coach Sendek's reputation and ability to develop and graduate players, along with his style of play…I wanted Woods to take a look at him. The coaches at ASU have done a great job of helping him see the game plan for that program. I'm very excited for his opportunity at Arizona State both academically and basketball wise."

"He's a great kid, a great athlete with a huge upside," continued coach Eilberg. "He has a strong set of skills, but he needs to get physically stronger. He's a perimeter forward, that wouldn't do so well on a team where he would be on the low block all the time. Sendek's system will help him showcase his ability and all of his skills and his athleticism. He's a great team guy and he will enjoy playing in a team system like ASU's."

Eilberg added that feels privileged to coach Woods for the first time this season, and said that so far the forward has done everything that has been asked from him away from basketball. The season starts for Hill high school on December 2nd.

The early signing period for basketball prospects runs from November 8th-15th, and Woods indicated that he plans to ink his name with the Sun Devils on the first day of that time slot. Along with James Harden and Jamelle McMillan, Woods is ASU's third commitment of the 2007 class.

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