Sun Devils pursuing local combo guard

This past season Collin Woods was one of the best players in the Metro Phoenix area and the hometown team has stepped up their recruiting efforts of the 2011 Scottsdale Horizon guard.

"I met with Coach Sendek on Monday and he told me that if I committed to Arizona State they will offer me a scholarship," said the 6-1 Collin Woods. "They were sending me letters in the winter but started recruiting me pretty hard since the middle of March. I watched a lot of their games on TV and I like the program. I really enjoyed meeting with all the coaches and you can tell that they care a lot about their players and want to develop them.

"The ASU coaches like my ability to score and they think I would fit well in their system. They told me that they are changing their offense from what it was the last few years. It's going to be an open offense with a lot of running and gunning."

Woods, who is being recruited by ASU assistant Lamont Smith, led the Huskies to a Desert Valley Region championship and to the 5A-II state semifinals where they lost to Boulder Creek 75-71. He averaged 17 points, four rebounds and three assists per game as a junior. He shot 40 percent beyond the arc and 45 percent overall from the field.

"I played a combo guard most of my life and that's how ASU sees me too," stated Woods. "I definitely feel comfortable playing both guard positions. I bring a lot of intensity on both ends of the floor and I don't struggle that much in scoring. I do need to work on my ball handling and getting stronger, but really I'm always working on my overall game."

Woods plays for the Arizona Magic Pump ‘n Run AAU club and is looking forward to the traditional long tournament circuit coming up in the summer months. "I hope to have a good outing and get more recruiting attention," Woods explained. "I want to have more schools to choose from at the end of this year. I'm not planning on committing early, but I do have some family members and friends that would like to see me commit now to ASU."

Woods said that he enjoyed touring the Sun Devil campus and the facilities on his visit this week and feels that the program in headed in the right direction. "I know a lot of people that are going to ASU next year," Woods commented. "I know I would be pretty well known if I went there. Location doesn't matter to me that much. I want to go to a school that runs a good system, a school that I know would treat me well and has good academics."

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