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 Phog.net.
“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
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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