2018 Intro: Robert Woodard

Robert Woodard, a sophomore-to-be, sat down with Scout at the USA Basketball U16 Men's National Team trials to discuss his play and recruitment.

Robert Woodard, a 6-foot-5 combo forward, had a strong showing at the USA Basketball U16 Men’s National Team trials. The Mississippi native was selected to the team and will play in the 2015 FIBA Americas U16 Championship.

Woodard told Scout in Colorado Springs (Colo.) that he takes pride in his versatility.

“I just like to switch it up,” the 2018 prospect explained. “I like to play mind games on the defense. I can go out to the wing or go inside. I use that as a big strength.”

The Columbus (Miss.) High standout is not only versatile on offense, but also on defense. Woodard is strong, tough and physical. He can defend perimeter players, but also power forwards because of his size, strength and length.

Offensively, he’s active in his pursuit of rebounds, is capable of knocking down a mid-range jump shots and is a strong finisher at the rim.

On the recruiting front, Woodard claims scholarship offers from Mississippi State and Tennessee, plus interest from Vanderbilt, Notre Dame and Wake Forest.

“It’s equal for everyone right now,” Woodard said. “It’s fair game.”

Ben Howland has created buzz in the state of Mississippi with his recent pick up of five-star guard Malik Newman. Woodard said assistant George Brooks, who was a hold over from the previous staff, has been actively recruiting him.

“I think it’s pretty good so far,” he said of the new coaching staff. “They’re going to have nice guard play and the new coach, I think he will help them out a lot.”

Tennessee is also making Woodard a priority and how they play sticks out to him.

“I like how they run,” he said about Tennessee. “I just like their style of play.”

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