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Columbus (MS) High School 4-Star SF Robert Woodard Update

Columbus (MS) High School class of 2018 4-star prospect Robert Woodard provides an update on how things are going this season.

  • Name: Robert Woodard
  • Classification: 2018
  • High School: Columbus (MS) High School
  • Position: Forward/Guard
  • HT-WT: 6-foot-6, 215
  • Scout.com Ranking: 4-Star, 39th ranked player in his class
  • Colleges of Interest: Alabama, Baylor, Florida State, LSU, Mississippi State, Ole Miss, Stanford, Tennessee, Vanderbilt

Due to being a veteran on his team, Woodard has transitioned his role to being more of a leader on his team.

"I am trying to be more of a leader this year," said Woodard. "I am just trying to lead these guys so we can, hopefully, get back to the big house and win the state championship."

He is also working on his individual skills.

"I am working on my ball-handling, trying to be more accurate with my shot, as well as being more aggressive on defense," said Woodard.

His dad, Robert Woodard, Sr, a former Mississippi State standout on the basketball court, has tried to help him improve his game as well.

"After every game that he comes to there is always something that he can teach me so that I can be a better player," said Woodard. "After every game he offers constructive criticism. He talks about the small things in the game like certain shots that I take, how I shoot them, did I know what I did wrong during a certain play, and what I could have done better to make the game easier."

Recruiting-wise, he has seen an increase in interest this season.

"I am being actively recruited by Stanford, Mississippi State, Baylor, Vanderbilt, LSU, Florida State, Tennessee, Alabama and Ole Miss," said Woodard. "All have offered. I also have offers from Georgia and Middle Tennessee State."

He has unofficially visited several schools during the current basketball season.

"I have been to games at Alabama, Ole Miss and Mississippi State," said Woodard. "I look at the atmosphere, what the coaches do, the body language of the players, how they treat each other, if they are supporting each other. Really, I look at everything about the program."

He discussed in detail what he likes about each of those schools.

"I really enjoyed the atmosphere at Alabama and the coaches as well," said Woodard. "I just liked being around them. They had a great atmosphere and attitude."

"I really enjoyed Mississippi State, too," said Woodard. "I have been growing up with Mississippi State all of my life. It is like home. There is nothing negative about State. It is a great campus and great coaches, as well."

"I like Ole Miss," said Woodard. "Coach Andy Kennedy is a great coach. I really like how they get after their players if they do something wrong."

As of now, Woodard is keeping his options open, recruiting-wise.

"Everything is still the same," said Woodard. "I am trying to figure out which school I like the best, which school fits me the best."

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