Woodbury handpicks Hawkeyes

Second-year Iowa Coach Fran McCaffery snags 7-0 center

by Peter Robert Casey September 15, 2011 7:56am ET
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On the heels of an impressive summer, Adam Woodbury makes the verbal pledge to Iowa University.

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. 

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