Woolridge Staying The Course

Royce Woolridge is on the circuit looking to do his thing. However, the Kansas commitment is keeping his focus on the long term.

Taking the floor at the Reebok All-American Camp in Philadelphia late last week, Royce Woolridge felt no pressure. Having committed to Kansas over a year ago, the 6-foot-2 guard from Phoenix didn't have to worry about impressing any of the assembled college coaches.

So, while others were jacking shots and playing out of control, Woolridge did his best to play sound basketball.

"I just try and play my game," said Woolridge. "If I'm not going to get the ball I can't pout about it and not play hard. If I get the ball I get the ball. If I don't, then I don't."

A noted scorer in the Arizona prep ranks, Woolridge has a quick crossover and can score off the dribble. He's also quite underrated as a passer and it's not a surprise to hear that he's been working on his point guard skills.

"I kind of enjoy playing point guard so I've been working on my passes and handling a bit," Woolridge told Phog.Net. "I think I need to think about that for the future, that's why I've been working on that."

Of course, the 16 year old remains in constant contact with his future coaches.

"We just talk about what to work on with my game," said Woolridge of his conversations with Kansas coaches. "Shooting, defense, getting stronger and stuff like that."

While he didn't get as many touches as he might of liked at Reebok, Woolridge still loved the experience of getting out onto the East Coast.

"I've never been in Pennsylvania before it's real nice," said Woolridge. "You get to meet a whole bunch of different people from different places. Down in Arizona you only really get to see guys from the West Coast."

Now back with his summer team the Arizona Magic, Woolridge just wants to keep working in his down time and he hopes to finish the July evaluation period strong.

"I've been going to my trainer and trying to get my body right so I feel really good," said Woolrdige. "I just want to keep working hard and playing the best that I can play."


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