2008 Introduction: Renaldo Woolridge

Renaldo Woolridge, a 6-8 junior power forward from Southern California, has great bloodlines. His brother was a prospect a couple years ago and his father is a former NBA player. Renaldo gives us an early look at his recruitment...

Renaldo Woolridge, 6-8 JR PF North Hollywood (Calif.) Harvard-Westlake, is the son of former NBA player Orlando Woolridge. And Renaldo's older brother Zach played himself at Harvard-Westlake before heading to the Ivy League.

Woolridge has grown several inches in the last couple years and he's still growing into his body. He's got a very nice stroke out to the stripe and, overall, has good ball skills for a player his size. He needs to improve his rebounding and ability to play inside, though, as he's destined to play the four at the next level.

We spoke with Woolridge recently and he told us he's hearing from a long list of schools.

"Pepperdine, Arizona, Arizona State, Maryland, Wake Forest, Portland, Marquette, Washington, Miami and Notre Dame are some of the ones I've been hearing from," said Woolridge.

When we asked if he has any leaders, Woolridge replied, "I'd have to say Pepperdine, Arizona State and Miami," said Woolridge. "Pepperdine is the one school that has offered so far."

We asked Woolridge what he is looking for in a school.

"Academics, a winning program and somewhere that I can contribute right away," said Woolridge. "Location isn't really an issue for me."

We questioned Woolridge about the timing of his decision.

"I"ll probably wait to see how I do in the summer and see what schools offer," said Woolridge. "Then I'll narrow it down after the summer."

Woolride has taken a couple unofficial visits to Pepperdine. We asked if he has any other schools in mind for visits.

"I think I want to visit Miami and Maryland," said Woolridge.

Woolridge told us that he's doing well academically and should have no trouble qualifying.

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