Adam Woodbury Getting to Know McCaffery

Adam Woodbury stands out as a star in a loaded 2012 recruiting class for the state of Iowa. New Hawkeye Coach Fran McCaffery wasted little time jumping into the fray for the talented big man, having him in Iowa City on Saturday and visiting him in Sioux City on Tuesday. Woodbury talks about the meetings and how things are going with his recruitment in this premium update.

Adam Woodbury has been the target of Iowa basketball for quite a while. Things haven't changed with the new coaching staff.

Fran McCaffery invited Woodbury and his family into Iowa City for the football spring game on Saturday. Tuesday, the head Hawkeye and assistant Andrew Francis flew to Sioux City to watch the Class of 2012 big man work out.

"I really like Coach McCaffery a lot," Woodbury said. "He's shared with me his vision for getting the program back to where it was. He has a good plan to work towards that."

The 6-foot-11 Woodbury averaged 16 points and 12 boards a game for Sioux City East this season. He's been rising up the recruiting rankings and is a crown jewel in a loaded in-state Class of 2012.

Former Iowa coaches Todd Lickliter and Chad Walthall built a good relationship with Woodbury.

"You know, going through this process I expected there to be coaching changes at some of the schools that were recruiting me," he said. "I got close with the old staff, but I'm real excited to get to know the new guys. I hope to build an even better relationship with them."

Woodbury put together a workout for the Iowa coaches on Tuesday. He hoped to show them he's a versatile big man.

"It changes a bit every time I do one of these," he said. "I tried to show my footwork, jump shot, free throws, how I get up and down the floor and finish with either hand."

Woodbury said he and the Iowa coaches talked today about most of the same things they discussed over the weekend. McCaffery and Francis spent time visiting ‘12 guard Mike Gesell in South Sioux City, Neb, also on Tuesday.

"I like Mike a lot," said Woodbury, who plays with Gesell and ‘12 PG Marcus Paige of Linn-Mar on the Martin Brothers AAU team. "He and Marcus are great players and class acts."

Iowa, Iowa State, Nebraska, Creighton and Utah have offered Woodbury scholarships. Kansas also has spent some time working on the smooth big man, visiting him on Sunday.

"Kansas is Kansas," he said. "It's a powerhouse. You can't get much better than that when it comes to Division I basketball. I visited there for a game this season and it was just incredible. Coach Self and Coach Dooley are great."

Woodbury couldn't predict if or when the Jayhawks might offer. He didn't seem concerned either way.

"If they offer, they offer," he said. "I'm not going to go out and play basketball looking for a Kansas offer. If it happens, it happens."

People providing guidance to Woodbury tell him that things are going to pick up in recruiting now that he'll be an upperclassman next season.

"I'm really just taking it step by step," he said. "They tell me it will get real hard, but right now it's not a burden. Having colleges come see me work out and going on visits, I feel pretty lucky.

"I'm not close to a decision yet, so right now I'm just enjoying the process."


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