Woolridge Has ASU in Top Two

Los Angeles forward Renaldo Woolridge is in no hurry to make a decision. Like many other prospects he's waiting to see if he can generate more offers. He doesn't however forget that the Sun Devils are one of just two schools with scholarship tenders, and he intends to explore the program later on. Devils Digest caught up with the forward before he embarks on a long AAU tournament road trip.

"I get a lot of calls and text messages from Coach Sendek and all the staff," said the 6-8 205 Renaldo Woolridge. "They're recruiting hard and letting me know how interested they are, and I'm very interested in them too. The other school that's recruiting me just a hard is Pepperdine and that's the other offer that I have."

Woolridge, who plays for the Belmont Shores AAU club, isn't disappointed by his lack of offers and knows that he still has to prove himself. "I know I have to work hard and improve," he admitted, "and I have to play well in front of the coaches that will be at the (AAU) tournaments so I get more offers."

Arizona State did offer the forward after Pepperdine did, but have been pursuing Woolridge since the beginning of his junior year with the scholarship tender coming last March. "It's a program on the rise that has good players and good coaches," he commented. "They're in the Pac-10 and that's a good thing, and it's a school that is good in a lot of sports. I'm planning to take a trip there in August so I can see the campus, learn more about the school and see what the school has to offer. The schools that offered me are the main schools I'll be looking at."

At Harvard-Westlake high school in North Hollywood Woolridge led his teams in points (19.2 per game), rebounds (7.9), and shot 49% from the field. "My outside shooting is a strong point, and I think also my versatility because I can play inside too," he noted. "My perimeter defense and rebounding are some stuff I need to work on. I've been in the gym everyday working on that."

Being the proverbial gym rat is undoubtedly the byproduct of being a son of an NBA player, Orlando Woolridge, and learning the work ethic and long hours needed to succeed in the game of basketball. The forward acknowledged the fact that his famous surname could benefit him in recruiting. "When you're a son of a former player it does bring you a lot of attention," he remarked. "But it also means that you have to prove you can play because a lot of people will be watching you." And certainly many other pair of eyes, not only those of the Sun Devils' staff, will be tracking Woolridge all across the country during the month of July.

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