HOOPS: Bone courts shooting guard on visit

ROYCE WOOLRIDGE, a Kansas Jayhawk looking for more playing time elsewhere, tells CF.C about the Washington State trip he took this past weekend. And post-visit, he's enamored with the way Ken Bone and the Cougs "love guard play."

Shooting guard Woolridge (6-3) said he liked what Bone had to say during his trip.

"He seems like a great coach, he takes time to develop players, and he loves guard play. He seems like a coach I would definitely like to play for," said Woolridge.

Woolridge, who is transferring from Kansas this offseason, sees WSU as a compelling possibility because of what all the guards do on the court under Bone.

"It was a lot of fun, I really liked it up there -- just how they pay, the style of play, I felt I could fit in well there," he said.

In addition to Wazzu, Woolridge said he is being recruited most by Utah, Nevada, UNLV, South Florida, Pepperdine and BYU. He said a decision on where to transfer will probably be made in the next 1 1/2 to 2 months. Utah is his only other planned visit to this point, but there are more to come.

"I'm going to take all five of my visits…I'll probably know by end of June, maybe by the middle of June," said Woolridge of his decision timetable.

After announcing his decision to transfer from KU this past month, Woolridge said it didn't take long for WSU to jump onto his radar.

"After I got my release they were the first to start contacting me," said Woolridge. "They seemed very interested in me, and I had watched them play this past year, I had watched Klay (Thompson) and then the run they made in the NIT. It seemed like a good fit… they like guard play and the way I play, they think I can help with scoring."

When Woolridge originally signed with Kansas in November 2009, coach Bill Self said the Jayhawks had gotten a gem. "Royce is one of the most underrated players that we recruited and we think has a chance to be terrific," said Self at the time. But Woolridge saw the court sparingly at Kansas this past season, playing in 15 games total, and averaging just 2.8 minutes and .6 points a game, and that prompted the change.

The adjustment at Kansas was a far cry from the year before, when at Sunnyslope High in Phoenix, he averaged 30.2 points a night, along with 6.5 rebounds and 2.9 assists his senior season. He was ranked three stars and the No. 42 shooting guard nationally coming out of high school.

Woolridge is a Phoenix native but said he has not heard from either ASU or Arizona. As for his basketball genes, in addition to his dad, his brother Renaldo Woolridge is a 6-8 forward at Tennessee.

Woolridge will have to sit out the 2011-12 season wherever he winds up, and then have three-to-play-three starting in 2012.

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