Hawks Still High on Woodard

With a few days off between games, Iowa Assistant Coach Andrew Francis traveled to North Dakota Monday night to watch junior college basketball. One of the players he check in on was Johnny Woodard, who his AAU coach said still has high interest from the Hawkeyes.

It was 2-for-1 night Monday in Wahpeton, North Dakota. Iowa Assistant Coach Andrew Francis partook in it. In town to check out Class of 2014 point guard Trey Dickerson, Francis caught up with Johnny Woodard.

Dickerson's Williston State College squad knocked off Woodard's North Dakota State College of Science squad, 94-87. Woodard registered a game-best 31 points, however.

"I would say that Iowa is still at the top of his list," said Brian Sandifer, Woodard's AAU coach, mentor and father figure.

Woodard visited Iowa last December when the Hawkeyes played Iowa State. We spoke with Sandifer back then about his pupil's position.

Iowa Assistant Sherman Dillard has maintained contact with Sandifer and Woodward throughout the process.

"I talk to Sherm," Sandifer said. "He said Iowa hasn't wavered. They're all in with Johnny."

The 6-foot-4 Woodard was set to play at San Jacinto Junior College coming out of Duluth (MN) East High in 2012. The talented wing decided that Texas was too far from home at ended up at NDSCS. He redshirted last season.

Woodard's plan is to play another season of junior college before transferring to a four-year school at which he would have two years of eligibility. He leads the Wildcats with 18.0 points per game in just under 25 minutes a night. He's averaging 5.4 rebounds and 3.4 three-pointers, shooting 41.3 percent from behind the arc.

"He's still not getting a lot of attention right now, but if they go to (the JUCO Nationals), he'll blow up," Sandifer said.

In addition to Iowa, Tennessee has kept in consistent contact with Woodard, Sandifer said.

"I need to check with Sherm about getting to another Iowa game," Sandifer said.

Sandifer said Woodard will participate in JUCO showcase events with Mullen Sports and the all-American in Las Vegas.

"He's always played well against the top talent," Sandifer said. "Once we get him out there, he'll blow up."


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