2006 Focus: Kraidon Woods

When Kraidon Woods moved from Queens to the Poconos, he was worried how that would affect his recruitment. Well, the 6-8 1/2 junior isn't all that concerned any more.

When Kraidon Woods moved from Queens to the Poconos, he wasn't sure if he'd ever get the exposure needed out in northeastern Pennsylvania.

However, the 6-8 ½, 185-pound junior forward from Pocono Mountain East High, has already gotten plenty of looks – and even a few scholarship offers.

Woods, 16, whose family moved from New York to the Poconos, which is a vacation area known for its skiing, has received most of his exposure after playing with the Playaz Basketball Club under-16 team this past summer.

``His best basketball is ahead of him," Playaz coach Jimmy Salmon said. "College coaches see him as a budding star. He's a high-energy kid who has a passion for the game."

Woods, who averaged 12 points, 8 boards and 7 blocks per game as a sophomore, is a frontcourt player who runs the floor, blocks shots and can shoot the ball from the perimeter. His biggest weakness is his lack of strength, but he'll also need to work on his ballhandling.

Thus far, the offers have come from Villanova, St. Joseph's, Seton Hall, St. John's and Cleveland State. According to Woods, Rutgers could be on the verge of offering while schools such as Georgetown, N.C. State and Maryland have all expressed interest of late.

``I'd like to have my family be able to see me play, but I'm not going to limit myself just to go somewhere close by," said Woods, a 3.5 student.

It's no surprise that Tim Duncan, a native of the Virgin Islands, is Woods' favorite player. Not only do they have a similar demeanor on the court, but Woods' father, Charles, is a native of St. Kitts – which is in the Virgin Islands.

``I just try and play and let my game speak for itself," Woods said.

And it's speaking rather loudly.


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