Woodbury Proving His Worth

HARBOR CITY, Calif. — For Adam Woodbury, the spring was a time of revelation. Not only did the 6-11 center from Sioux City (Iowa) East prove to scouts and college coaches that he's a legitimate national talent, he also proved to himself that he can compete against the nation's best big men.

Matched versus top-50 big man Tony Parker on Sunday and facing many other blue-chip frontcourt prospects throughout All-Iowa Attack's 15 games on the Nike EYBL circuit, Woodbury continues to match and even exceed the performances of his heretofore more touted peers.

"I've really just been working hard to do different things," Woodbury said. "I'm trying to incorporate new moves into my offensive game."

Woodbury's offensive game includes one of the more polished back-to-the-basket scoring arsenals in high school basketball. While he lacks the graceful athleticism and raw strength of some of the other big guys, the southpaw utilizes both hands for short jump hooks and uses his feet to maneuver around defenders.

Beyond his size and physical gifts, Woodbury also plays very hard and hustles end to end to make certain that he positions himself to receive passes from the Attack's assortment of talented guards — including UNC-bound point guard Marcus Paige.

As one would expect, his skyrocketing reputation is drawing a swelling number of scholarship offers.

"Right now, I have 18 offers," Woodbury said. "Ohio State just offered me on Wednesday and has been recruiting me really hard lately, and for a while I've had Iowa, Minnesota, Stanford, Harvard and Wake Forest on me, too."

Among his fans are the North Carolina Tar Heels, which have begun pursuit and plan to continue growing the relationship.

"I've talked to Coach (Steve) Robinson and he said they are keeping tabs on me, especially because Marcus and I play on the same team," Woodbury said. "They're going to watch me in July, so we'll see what happens."

Paige obviously provides one incentive in UNC's favor. A pass-first guard who has an established familiarity with Woodbury's game, his impending presence in Chapel Hill sweetens the pot.

"Marcus is just such a good player and I know he'll do well there," Woodbury said, "and I'm also really close to J.P. (Tokoto)."

Of course, at this juncture Carolina isn't among those 18 schools to offer a scholarship. Still, Woodbury insists that he's in no rush to make a decision, although he'll consider taking official visits in the fall and hopes to decide prior to the beginning of his senior season.

"If I'm fortunate enough to get an offer, that's something I'd have to consider very seriously," he said.

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