Woods Emerges in 2013

The Chicago area is absolutely loaded with talent, and Russell Woods is the latest big time star to jump on the national radar.

The Chicago area is absolutely loaded in the 2013 class. There have been some big time names on the radar for a while now, and even more are beginning to emerge. One of several making a splash is power forward Russell Woods.

At 6-foot-7 and 225 pounds, Woods was tough to stop for Chicago (IL) Leo Catholic as a sophomore. He put up good numbers for his team, and opened the eyes of college coaches.

"I think things started out well, but then things happened and we lost in the playoffs," said Woods of his team's season. "I think I had a good season. I averaged 14 points and 10 rebounds, so individually I had a pretty good season."

When it comes to his game, Woods points to the little things that he does that make a big difference.

"You don't see a big man try and take a lot of charges," Woods explained. "I am a good charge taker, and I also really rebound the ball. Also I am faster than most big guys so I can guard perimeter players."

The recruiting attention has begun in a big way for Woods. With his size and strength combined with a solid skill level, high-major programs from all around the Midwest are showing him attention.

"I am hearing from Illinois, Purdue, Wisconsin, DePaul, Marquette, and some others," listed Woods.

Woods did admit that Illinois and Purdue have separated themselves from the pack some early on because of how hard they have both recruited him, but don't look for any kind of quick decision.

"I don't have control over the scholarship offers," explained Woods. "My high school coach tells me to wait until my junior year and just stay humble, so I am not really looking to make a decision."

When it does come time to make a decision, Woods will be looking for a place where he can grow and improve his game.

"I am looking for a team that runs up and down," explained Woods of what he will look for in a college. "I want to play in a system where I can be versatile. If I don't grow, then I am a 6-foot-7 power forward, and that can be hard. Overall I am looking for a coach that has my best interest at heart overall and will help me get better."

Woods is now playing up at the 17 and under level with the Mac Irvin Fire, and is hoping to make a big impression with his toughness and ability to rebound inside.

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