Self Lands Future Jayhawk

You never know what can happen in the world of college basketball, especially when it comes to recruiting tomorrow's stars like high school sophomore -- and now future Jayhawk -- Royce Woolridge.

 Just a few weeks ago the six-foot-two inch shooting guard from Phoenix (AZ) Sunnyslope was hoping to build off of a solid sophomore campaign that saw him fight through a groin injury to average 16 points a game, today he’s a Kansas Jayhawk.

“I am extremely excited I can’t wait to go Kansas and start my college career,” Woolridge told “I’ve been watching Kansas since the beginning of the year and they’ve really impressed me. The way they play, it’s how I want to play basketball.”

In particular, Woolridge noted that he’s a fan of the way Bill Self’s team gets down and plays defense while allowing players freedom on the offensive end. It’s a system that he sees himself fitting right into because of his own well rounded game.

“I would say I have a good all around game,” said Woolridge when asked to describe his game. “I can shoot the three, I have a mid range game and I can go to the basket so I’d say I have a good all around game.”

Even though he felt he’d had some strong showings in front of college coaches during April, Woolridge is still overwhelmed at how quickly his recruitment moved.

“It surprised me a lot, I would have never expected this to happen,” said Woolridge who also carries a 4.0 GPA in the classroom. “My mom told me to play as hard as I could and I did and this happened, it’s crazy.”

All of the attention also made for an exciting day at school. As word of his commitment to Kansas spread, Woolridge says that he felt a little bit like a rock star as he walked the hallways of his school.

“Everybody was coming up to me and asking me if it was true and I was like yeah,” said Woolridge. “It’s crazy, they couldn’t believe it.”

Unlike many others his age who are still scrapping for the attention of college coaches, Woolridge is excited that he can focus on his game. With his future secure, he’s already decided which areas of his game need the most attention.

“Definitely getting stronger and getting in the gym to be the best I can be,” said Woolridge of where he needs to improve. “I’m definitely going to work on my explosiveness to the basket, getting stronger and my ball handling.”

This summer, Woolridge will continue to tour with Anthony Ray’s Arizona Magic outfit and he’ll have stops at tournaments all across the country. He’s also snagged an invite to the prestigious Reebok U camp in July and now he’s just trying to enjoy the moment.

“It feels like I have a lot of my chest,” finished Woolridge. “I don’t have to worry as much, it’s a great feeling and it’s hard to explain. I just feel great.”

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