The talented shooting guard from Phoenix arrived in Lawrence a little more than a week ago to begin his college career, after committing to the Jayhawks during his sophomore year of high school.
While two years is a long time to wait, he said, in some ways the
actual road trip from Arizona to Lawrence – stretched out over three
days – felt even longer.
"We drove like six hours a day, and it was hot," Royce Woolridge said
Wednesday afternoon, laughing. "We drove the whole way. It was
terrible, my knees were killing me. We stopped in Albuquerque (NM) and
Oklahoma City, but we finally got here. That was a long, terrible trip."
It was worth it, however. Since he hit campus, he's been adjusting to
life on Mount Oread, and while the whole experience was a little
overwhelming at first, he said, he's happy to be settling in.
"It's crazy that it's finally here, because I've been waiting since I
was a sophomore in high school," Woolridge explained. "So it's like
it's not real, it's like I'm not actually here yet. It has to sink in.
But it's great to be here."
Woolridge comes to Kansas with a reputation as a scoring machine, one
of the most prolific scoring guards in the state of Arizona and the
summer AAU circuit throughout his high school career.
Wednesday, Kansas fans got their first glimpse of the 6-foot-2 athlete
in Crimson and Blue, and he didn't disappoint.
Playing for the Red Team during the second Alumni Scrimmage of the
summer, Woolridge made the most of his time on the court, pouring in
seven points in a matter of minutes.
His first performance in front of Jayhawk Nation was a great
experience, Woolridge said, but now he's getting down to the business
of improving his game – a task which will include a great deal of time
in the weight room with strength coach Andrea Hudy.
"I'm definitely trying to get bigger, and trying to get fully healthy
and get my knees right," he said. "Being able to be conditioned, but
mostly just getting bigger so I can be to where everybody else is.
Because I feel like I'm a lot smaller than everybody else."
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