Much like his near 7-foot frame, the list of schools chasing after Sioux City East junior center Adam Woodbury just keeps growing.
Woodbury said Sunday that he now has about 11 scholarship offers, with Virginia the latest school to extend one.
He’s had an offer from Iowa for more than a year, the first coming when Todd Lickliter was the Iowa coach.
Fran McCaffery since has replaced Lickliter, who was fired after last season.
McCaffery also offered Woodbury a scholarship shortly after being hired at Iowa. And now it’s a case of them both getting better acquainted during the recruiting process.
Woodbury has visited the Iowa campus twice since McCaffery was hired in late March.
“The coaches are great guys, I have a really good relationship with them and respect them a lot,” Woodbury said about McCaffery and his staff, which includes assistant coaches Kirk Speraw, Andrew Francis and Sherman Dillard. “They’re fun to be with when I go down there to visit and they definitely show a lot of interest in me.”
Woodbury said he doesn’t have a timetable for making a decision, mostly because he doesn’t want to rush anything.
“Right now, it’s pretty tough with all the new schools coming in,” he said. “I just want to make the best decision possible.
“So if that means a month, if that means six months, just the best and perfect spot for me whenever that will be.”
In addition to Iowa and Virginia, Woodbury also has offers from Iowa State, Creighton, Utah and Nebraska among others.
Under NCAA rules, the earliest Woodbury could sign a letter of intent would be November 2011 when he is a high school senior.
Woodbury said it’s still too early to name his top schools, but he is thinking about compiling a list of favorites.
“In my head I’ve been doing it a little bit, but I haven’t officially released any type of list,” he said. “As of right now, I’m still pretty open and just letting all the schools come in and watch me work out.
“I’m talking to a lot of different schools and just trying to make the best decision as possible.”
By switching from Lickliter to McCaffery, Iowa also will switch playing styles. McCaffery prefers to push the ball, while Lickliter’s teams at Iowa played more half-court offense.
“I’m definitely comfortable playing that,” Woodbury said of McCaffery’s up-tempo system. “I’ll be able to fit into any type of system I’d like to think.”
Woodbury also is still comfortable with the recruiting process. He considers the attention to be more flattering than annoying.
“When people say it’s a burden and stuff, I haven’t gotten to that point yet,” he said. “I’m just really enjoying it because it’s only going to happen once in your lifetime. And you might as well live it up.”
Woodbury is ranked as the 73rd best prospect in the 2012 class by Athlon Sports. He is one of two players from Iowa to make Athlon’s list of the top-75 high school juniors, with 6-0 Linn-Mar point Marcus Paige ranked 18th overall.
Combo guard Mike Gesell from South Sioux City, Neb., also made the list at No. 67.
Paige and Gesell both have scholarship offers from Iowa and they both have visited the UI campus since McCaffery was hired.
Paige also has offers from some of the top schools in the country, including Kansas.
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