Pocono Prospect In No Rush

Bob Sura balled in Wilkes Barre. Gerry McNamara is a Scranton kid. Kraidon Woods does it in the Poconos and he's the latest basketball standout to emerge from a traditional football hotbed.

The Woods Family has pretty much seen all kinds of weather. Kraidon Woods, Pocono Mountain's 6-foot-8 junior, took an interesting path to snowy Henryville, Penn. Woods' parents were born on the beautiful island of St. Kitts, a burgeoning vacation spot. Woods himself was born in Queens and the family later moved to the mountains where he now averages 15 points, 10 rebounds and 6 blocks a game.

Last season, Woods ran with The Playaz younger team and managed to fly just below the radar. Don't expect that to happen this year when becomes a cornerstone player for one of the country's most high-profile AAU teams.

For those who haven't seen Woods get after it, he described his game to us in the following terms. "I run the floor, I try to get dunks but I can post up and I can hit 15-20 footers. I do a lot of things. My best aspect is my defense because my arms are so long. On offense I look to run the floor and hit mid-range jumpers."

Apparently, he does all of those things fairly well because college recruiters have traveled up some of America's best ski slopes to connect with the blossoming big man. At this point, Woods is taking his time and focusing on finishing the season strong but once it's over he'll get into recruiting mode.

"I don't want to push [the decision] out into my senior year," Woods said. "I don't want to rush anything but I do want to focus on it right after the season is over."

He has offers from St. John's, Villanova and St. Joe's. Definite visits to St. John's and Villanova are on tap and Georgetown and Virginia Tech could receive officials as well as a host of others. Interested parties include Georgetown, Rutgers, Maryland, North Carolina State and Rider.

Currently, St. John's and Villanova, according to Woods, are recruiting him the hardest.


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