When one examines the success enjoyed by the Martin Brothers 16's squad thus far in the AAU season, it's the team's talent level that sticks out like a sore thumb.
In Mike Gesell and Marcus Paige, Martin Brothers has a pair of elite
level guards to run the show. And in 7-foot center Adam Woodbury, they
have both an intimidating defensive presence and a go-to scoring threat
in the post.
Last weekend, the Iowa-based team tripped to Kansas City, for the
annual Kansas City Classic tournament. After emerging from pool play
with a sparkling 3-1 record, the Martin Brothers 16s earned yet another
tournament championship trophy Sunday – and Woodbury's play in the
paint was again a big reason why.
And the scary thing, he said, is that they didn't even play to their
"Our team chemistry is really good, especially because we only practice
once or twice a year," Woodbury said. "The abilitiy to play the free
offense like we do, and I think the work everyone puts in during the
off-season and how they try to make themselves better, really shows
what kind of team chemistry we have. With everyone playing their part
and how well we've been doing this year."
Woodbury is a 2012 prospect who has seen his stock increase
dramatically during the course of the past year. As a star for Sioux
City (IA) East High School, he's worked to develop an all-around
offensive game that has many college programs sitting up and taking
Already he holds offers from Creighton, Drake, Iowa, Iowa State,
Nebraska and Utah, with programs like Kansas, Minnesota, Stanford and
Texas showing interest as well.
With the number of suitors growing, Woodbury isn't rushing a decision.
"I'm just enjoying the process right now," he said. "Feeling it out and
seeing what colleges are looking at me, what I have to offer them and
what they have to offer me."
In two weeks, Woodbury will join a collection of some of the top
players in the recruiting classes of 2011, 2012 and 2013 for Head Coach
Bill Self's Elite Camp at the University of Kansas.
It won't be Woodbury's first collegiate Elite Camp, nor will it be his
first trip to the KU campus. The talented big man visited in February
for the Jayhawks' home contest with the University of Colorado. While
there, he had the chance to speak with Self, assistants Joe Dooley and
Danny Manning, and spend time with a number of the players.
Even so, Woodbury is expecting a unique experience this time around.
"I think it's going to be amazing," he said. "I'm looking forward to
going down and just playing my best, and seeing what things I need to
work on, playing against top competition."
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