Every team needs time to mesh.
This axiom is true throughout all sports, at all age groups, and the Athletes First AAU hoops squad experienced it first-hand this spring - starting slowly but picking up steam as the season has hit its stride.
"It's going well," Athletes First point guard Jordan Woodard said. "We lost a lot of early games because of the lack of chemistry, but now I feel like we're on a good run."
Woodard, a native of Edmond (OK) Memorial High, is a highly-rated point guard prospect in the Class of 2013 who is receiving interest from some big-time programs. He claims offers from home-state Oklahoma and Memphis, with schools such as Stanford, Tulsa, Marquette, Vanderbilt, Missouri and Florida State knocking on the door.
The Kansas Jayhawks have shown interest in Woodard as well, hosting him for an unofficial visit in late February. It's interest Woodard continues to reciprocate.
"I have a lot of interest in Kansas," he said. "They're a big-time university."
A nagging injury slowed Woodard early in the season, but he feels his game is quickly improving, noting that his outside scoring and decision-making have been particular points of emphasis.
"I just want to go and make it to (the Nike EYBL Finals at) Peach Jam," Woodard said. "You've really got to keep working hard and working together. I also want to keep improving my game and do what I can do."