Wednesday, November 14, 2012
Four-star PG Woodard signs with Sooners
By Bob Przybylo
EDMOND, Okla. -- From the first time Edmond (Okla.) Memorial basketball coach Shane Cowherd saw Jordan Woodard play in junior high, Cowherd realized he had something special.
Four years later and nothing has changed. Woodard, a four-star prospect, made it official by signing with Oklahoma at a ceremony outside the gym on Wednesday morning.
In-state guard Jordan Woodard chose Oklahoma over Memphis and Stanford.
Woodard, who is 6-foot-1 and 170 pounds, had a final three of OU, Memphis and Stanford but said he likes what Lon Kruger is trying to build with the Sooners.
“Coach Kruger actually called me last night to check in, and I just feel so comfortable talking with him and the other coaches. I know it’s the right fit for me,” Woodard said. “I like his honesty, and I like the bond we have developed.”
It might have only been one game, but Sunday was a positive sign toward OU’s future, said Woodard. Although he didn’t see the game in person, he said he was impressed by what OU freshmen guards Buddy Hield, Je’lon Hornbeak and Isaiah Cousins were able to do in a blowout victory against Louisiana Monroe.
In Year Two with Kruger, the Sooners are already making strides and there is no limit to what can be expected for Year Three as Kruger continues to build the team with the pieces he wants to the puzzle.
“We know Jordan is going to help OU become relevant in college basketball again,” Cowherd said. “That’s great, and we’re all going to have a front row seat to watch it happen.”
There was no doubt or second-guessing by Woodard, who wore a white OU hooded sweatshirt with an OU hat and crimson and crème shoes.
With his signing in the books, now he can focus solely on his senior season and trying to get a second state championship.
“When I committed, it didn’t feel that different,” Woodard said. “But now that I’ve signed, it does feel different. It feels like it’s more of a reality.
“Now the next step is bringing the gold ball back here. We have a great team, and I can’t wait to get started.”