Woodard Brothers Interested in OSU

The name Woodard is becoming a hot commodity on the recruiting trail in the state of Oklahoma. Brothers James and Jordan Woodard helped lead the Edmond Memorial Bulldogs to a 27-1 record last year and the Class 6A state title. Travis Ford and his Oklahoma State basketball program have taken notice.

James Woodard, a senior at Memorial this year, will take his fourth unofficial visit to the OSU campus on Monday, and he had positive things to say about what Ford is making happen in Stillwater.

"Oklahoma State is just a really nice program, the facilities are really nice, just everything's nice up there in Stillwater," James said. James had 18 points and 14 rebounds in Memorial's championship victory against Midwest City. It was the school's first basketball title since 1993, and he has OSU on his short list currently, including Tulsa and Vanderbilt.

While OSU has been paying close attention to the Woodard's, the feeling is mutual.

"It's close to home, it's in a great conference, it's competitive," James said. "It's a nice mix."

To which Jordan Woodard, a junior, added, "I like OSU, I mean, they have one of the best campuses I've ever seen. They play hard defense and put in a lot of hard time in the gym. I just really like everything about the way he runs his program."

The Woodard's have been busy on the summer circuit, as both competed in the Nike Peach Jam in North Augusta, S.C. in July for Athletes First among their many stops. James recently returned from a stint at the Kansas City Prep Invitational for the Oklahoma Wizards.

"It's been a lot of traveling, it wears your body down a little bit but it's competitive and it helps you," Jordan said. "We definitely feel like we've added to our game."

Currently, James is a two-star shooting guard at 6-foot-3, 175-pounds, but his athleticism and tenacity has served him well as he's rocketed up numerous recruiting boards. Meanwhile, Jordan, who will be a senior in 2013, is listed as a four-star prospect and lists OSU among his favorites, which includes: Oklahoma, Kansas, Marquette, Iowa and Baylor.

Both said the heavy summer schedule has not only improved their game, it's helped them prepare to repeat their title in Oklahoma's biggest classification.

"We've gotten a lot better, we've learned a lot and we've gotten better at some things that will help us to defend our championship," Jordan said. "We're ready for whatever. It's fun, I don't really see the pressure to go out and just play."

While both have excelled on the court together, playing together after high school isn't their highest priority, but it is on their minds.

"It would mean a lot to our family, just so they can come to one game and see us play at the same time," Jordan said. "If that opportunity presents itself, it'll be hard to turn down, but we have to weigh our options."


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