Woodbury Not Done

Adam Woodbury remains one of the top uncommitted big men in the Class of 2012. He spoke with Hawkeye Insider on Monday about recent visits from coaches, this weekend's first official visit to Iowa and where his head is at in terms of making a decision.

Adam Woodbury speaks like he's never experienced a bad day in his young life. He's high on energy and more polite than British royalty. He's real easy to like.

The Class of 2012 big man stepped out of character on Sunday night when he showed signs of frustration on Twitter. He tweeted: Funny how everybody knows all this stuff about me but i haven't done or said anything to anybody...makes you wonder…

Woodbury, one of the top uncommitted players in his class, heard and read internet comments that he was expected to pledge to childhood favorite Iowa this week. He told Hawkeye Insider a day later that was incorrect information.

"I'm still looking at a lot of people," Woodbury said. "I'm not trying to waste anybody's time. I'm not trying to drag people out here for no reason. Just hang with me. It's going to happen. When it happens for me and my family, I will let everybody know. We'll get it out there."

Woodbury said he is not upset with any fans.

"I understand they want me to come to their school and they're passionate," the 7-footer said. "With Iowa, I know they were hurting after the (football) loss to Iowa State (on Saturday) and were looking for some good news."

Woodbury said he hoped to have a decision by the start of his senior season at Sioux City East.

"I'm not bearing down on anything," he said. "I said all along that I would have a decision before the start of my season and I'm sticking to that. I definitely feel like I'll know. Something will click with whatever school and the relationship with the coach.

"It will be what's right for me and the school and my family. I've talked to a lot of people that have gone through it and they tell me I'll know."

Woodbury said he gets asked roughly 15-20 times per day where he's going to college. He says very little, which is how it's been for quite a while when it comes to him talking about his favorites or tipping his hand.

"I've played this whole recruiting thing kind of close to home," Scout.com's 14th-ranked '12 Center said. "I've had my close, inner circle with me the entire time. My high school coach and my immediate family have the best interest out for me. They've been giving me great advice and kept my head straight through everything. They keep me humble and give me things to think about."

Iowa, North Carolina, Minnesota, Ohio State, Stanford and Wisconsin are among to schools to have offered Woodbury. He hasn't been able to cut down that list.

"I'm going to have to think about that as well," he said. "Everything is just a real, real tough decision. This is the biggest decision I've ever made in my entire life. I'm really looking to make the right one."

Woodbury's first official visit is scheduled for this weekend at Iowa. He has not planned any more trips as of Monday late afternoon.

"I've talked to a few other programs about official visits and I'm just kind of feeling it out," he said. "We'll see what happens. I've got a couple of things going. We'll see what plans I make and what dates those are."

The month-long open recruiting period started last week. College coaches fly around the country to meet with prospects and see them work out (open gyms).

Iowa Head Coach Fran McCaffery visited Woodbury on Friday. Roy Williams of North Carolina stopped in Sioux City on Monday.

"Those are two great coaches, great people," Woodbury said. "They're well respected by their peers. Coach Williams is one of the greatest coaches of all time; his record, national championship, the whole thing. Fran, he's a great guy. I have a lot of respect for him. Coach (Andrew) Francis came out with him. I have a real good relationship with him as well. I think they're going to turn it around soon at Iowa.

"I was excited for them to come out and see me and I think they were as well."

Woodbury hadn't heard of any more coaches coming to see him.

"I don't have anything else planned this week; set in stone as of yet," Woodbury said.

Despite some recent frustration, Woodbury says he's enjoying the recruiting process.

"I'm having a great time," he said. "It can't all be fun. People have spoken for me and tried to get inside my head. I could definitely do without that.

"But this is the only time in my life that I'm going to be going through something like this. I'm having a great time. To have Coach McCaffery and Coach Williams come to your hometown to watch you play basketball, that's just an honor.

"I try to stay away from all that nonsense on the internet. I haven't said anything to anyone that would lead someone to post what I'm doing. I'm just trying to clear that stuff from my head and enjoy the ride."

Ironically, two of Woodbury's teammates with the Martin Brothers Select AAU team, Marcus Paige (North Carolina) and Mike Gesell (Iowa), have verbally committed to two of the top schools he's considering.

"It's a pretty funny dynamic, it is," Woodbury said with a chuckle. "I have a great relationship with both of those guys. I've known them for four years.

"They're two of the best point guards in the nation. I couldn't ask for two better kids to play with."

Woodbury feels like he's in a win-win situation if it came down to Iowa and North Carolina.

"It's not only those two (Paige and Gesell), but both of them have great coaching staffs and history," he said. "I've got a tough decision, but I wouldn't trade it for the world."


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