Woolridge Glad To Be Back

Back in late April, things were looking pretty good for Royce Woolridge. The six-foot-two inch shooting guard from Phoenix (AZ) Sunnyslope had just completed a successful sophomore season and had showed enough during the Spring evaluation period to secure and accept a scholarship offer from Kansas.

With his commitment secure, Royce Woolridge was eyeing a big summer when injury sent him to sidelines. Finally, after months of rehab Woolridge is back and ready to play as a junior.

“It feels great,” said Woolridge of getting back on the floor. “It felt bad not being able to play because I enjoy the game so much. I’m really happy to be back.

As happy as he is to be back, Woolridge is still a little disappointed that he had to sit out the monster grassroots basketball events of July.

“I definitely missed it,” said Woolridge. “Just the chance to prove myself as a basketball player. It’s like I fell off because I was hurt and I didn’t get to play. I think maybe people thought I like dropped off and that wasn’t it.”

While the injury he sustained to his groin area kept him off of the floor, the personable Woolridge found that he was still able to learn by watching more closely from the sidelines.

“You can learn a lot. Like sitting on my bench watching my teams. Just the little things, I could see easier ways to get by people. Just those mistakes people might make from the bench I could see stuff like a coach.”

Though he didn’t play in July, Woolridge was able to take an unofficial visit to Lawrence during June for Bill Self’s elite camp.

“It was fun, it was awesome,” said Woolridge of his June visit. “I got to play with the incoming freshman and see the campus and everything. It was a good experience.”

With his junior season of high school ball closing in on him, the noted perimeter shooter was to the point when asked about what he needs to work on most for the next level.

“Becoming an extremely good defender, somebody that could be able to defend anybody at anytime,” Woolridge told Phog.Net. “Just being able to zero in and work on my defense. Actually the Kansas team this year inspired me to become a better defender. I saw them and I was like wow I really want to be like them.”

According to Woolridge, he’s hoping to make it back for another unofficial visit at some point but he’s yet to look at the calendar and firm up a date. He does, however, stay in touch with the coaching staff.

“I usually call them like every two weeks which is bad because I’m supposed to call them every week,” laughed Woolridge. “We talk about basketball a little, we talk about life some, all kinds of stuff it’s nothing specific. I kind of mix it up and call them all. I’ll talk to coach Townsend, I’ll talk to coach Self and I talked to coach Manning too. He was just down here to see me and so I’ve got his cell phone number too.”

With his injury behind him, Woolridge is looking forward to a big junior year. He’s also excited that he gets to play pressure free knowing that he’s already got a spot locked up at his dream school.

“Kansas has always been one of my favorite schools,” said Woolridge. “My aunt and uncle live down there and they are Kansas fans and I have always been cheering for them. I told my coach that if they offered me that’s where I always wanted to go.”

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