Woodbury handpicks Hawkeyes
Second-year Iowa Coach Fran McCaffery snags 7-0 center
It's hard to pass on the luster of UNC's lineage of NCAA championships and producing NBA pedigree players. But, Adam Woodbury did just that.
The 7-foot, 230-pound anchor for Sioux City East (Sioux City, IA) turned down the Tar Heels to play for second-year Coach Fran McCaffery and the in-state Hawkeyes of Iowa University.
"I grew up a Hawkeye fan," Woodbury told a group of over 200 friends, family, fans and media Wednesday night. "I want to be part of rebuilding the program."
Iowa finished 11-20 overall last season (4-14 in Big Ten play) and are expected to finish 10th among 12 teams in the Conference this year by Sporting News' preseason projections.
Woodbury's poised for the challenge and will join a trio of 2012 recuits in Iowa City next year: 6-2 PG Mike Gesell (South Sioux City, NE); 6-3 SG Patrick Ingram (Indianapolis, IN) and 6-10 big man Kyle Meyer (Alpharetta, GA).
A natural lefty, Woodbury's skilled on the low block and possesses a soft touch around the basket. He's currently ranked 41st in the country by ESPNU and No. 8 overall at the center position.
Woodbury copped MVP honors and a team championship at this summer's NBPA Top 100 Camp in Charlottesville, VA, and put on an impressive performance at the LeBron James Skills Academy (see below).
Overall, this is a huge "get" McCaffery for the Hawkeyes. Let the rebuilding begin.