May 8, 2011

Woodbury defends title

For only the second time in the history of the Spiece Run and Slam Memorial event in Ft. Wayne, IN, a team went back to back with titles in their age bracket. That team was the Martin Brothers/All Iowa Attack squad, which won the 16's title last year and defended it again this year in the 17's bracket. A big part of their success this weekend was due to the strong play of Adam Woodbury.

The 7-footer from the Class of 2012 scored 21 points in Martin Brothers/All Iowa Attack double overtime victory in the finals over TP Elite.

"Adam played great for us this weekend," said Coach Hank Huddleson.

The Sioux City East big man was happy about what he and his teammates accomplished in going back to back, including a semi-final win over a very talented Indiana Elite team with several high D1 commits on their roster.

"It was exciting to come here and get back to back titles. It's only the second time that it has been done, so it's historic in that respect. It's a real testament to our team and how we play together," Woodbury said.

The last time an AAU team went back to back was in 2004-05 when a Spiece Indy Heat squad led by Greg Oden and Mike Conley pulled off the accomplishment.

Woodbury's game has been coming on strong this spring. Last weekend he played very well in the second leg of the Elite Youth Basketball League (EYBL) in Dallas, help lead his team to an impressive 4-1 record. The hard working big man feels that he has elevated his game in the past two weeks.

"I've just tried to raise the level of my game this spring. I've tried to play a more physical game, run the floor better, and shoot the jumper more consistently."

With his play stepping up, Woodbury is also receiving more interest from more high level college programs, including two elite national schools.

"I'm hearing more from Kansas and Ohio State in recent weeks. They have picked up their level of interest," he said.

Woodbury hopes to visit both schools soon, but they might be delayed due to a very busy schedule this spring and summer.

"My schedule is pretty tight, but if I get a chance, I would like to take unofficial visits to both schools."

He is also still a high priority target for Coach Fran McCaffery and the Hawkeyes, who extended a scholarship offer early last spring.

"I talk to the Iowa coaches on a regular basis and they have been very consistent in letting me know that they want me and I know where I stand with them."

In addition to Iowa, Woodbury holds scholarship offers from: Drake, Creighton, Iowa State, Minnesota, Nebraska, Nevada, UNI, Utah, and Virginia. One thing Woodbury doesn't plan on doing is rushing into a college decision. He has said all along that he wants to take his time with the recruiting process and see what schools actually end up offering before making a decision.

"I am going to continue with the process the same way that I have been all along. I am going to look at the offers and if they get into the mix, then I will look seriously at them as I am with all of the offers I have right now."

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