Woodbury's Big Month

NORTH AUGUSTA, S.C. --- In the last three months, Adam Woodbury has transformed from an unheralded member of the All-Iowa Attack Nike EYBL team in April, to a consensus top 30 recruit in the class of 2012 in July.

The 7-foot, 222-pound center from Sioux City, Iowa attributes his ascension to hard work and the players around him.

"It's exciting that some of my hard work has been paying off," he said. "I just have to stay hungry and keep plugging along. I've been very fortunate to play with my team and the teams at my camps. I've been put in a position to succeed."

That position was a little tougher on Tuesday during All-Iowa's EYBL Finals opener. Woodbury faced off against Nerlens Noel, Scout.com's No. 1 center in the class of 2013, and one of the best shot blockers in high school basketball.

Woodbury struggled with Noel's length and defensive prowess for most of the game, finishing with 10 points and 10 rebounds in a loss.

"I've actually played against him (Noel) three, four or five times during camps and stuff. He got the better of me today, but I'm looking to come at him again."

Henry Huddleson, All-Iowa Attack's head coach, doesn't think Tuesday's performance is indicative of a long-term trend.

"His athleticism will prove itself once he gets into a college weight room," Huddleson said. "He wants to be known as one of the better centers in the country, unfortunately he didn't play like it today."

Just what college weight room Woodbury will be working out in has become a well-followed saga with new schools entering the fray, seemingly every day.

Woodbury rattled off a list of schools that have shown interest or offered a scholarship that included: Iowa, Minnesota, Stanford, Wisconsin, Ohio State, North Carolina, Kansas, Duke, Florida and Texas.

Woodbury said he has now talked to UNC head coach Roy Williams a "couple of times" in the three weeks since his heralded performance at the NBPA Top 100 Camp.

"He's a great guy and I really respect him," Woodbury said. "He seems excited, so I'm excited."

During those conversations Woodbury has gotten a good gauge of the Tar Heels' interest.

"They've said that they liked to get me in on a visit maybe," Woodbury explained. "They're going to tell me what they think after this month – if I'm good enough they're going to tell me and if I'm not, they're going to tell me that as well."

Should the Tar Heels decide to take the next step with Woodbury's recruitment following the July evaluation period, UNC verbal commitment Marcus Paige could help their chances.

"(Playing with him in college) would be real fun," said Woodbury. "I love him, he's a great point guard and I couldn't really ask for a better point guard."

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