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Woodbury plans to play locally, even if he lands on USA team

[ 2 ] May 30, 2012 |

Even if he makes the USA U18 national team, Iowa basketball recruit Adam Woodbury also plans to makes several appearances in the Prime Time League this summer.

The PTL, which plays its games at the North Liberty Community Center, will start on June 19. That is also the next to last day of the 2012 FIBA Americus Championship, which will be held June 16-20 in Sao Sebastia’o do Paraiso, Brazil.

The 7-foot-1 Woodbury said Wednesday afternoon that if he makes the team he would leave Brazil shortly after the tournament and should arrive in Iowa City a few days later to start summer school. He might even arrive in time to play in the second session of the PTL on Sunday June 24.

“I’ll be down for at least a few of the games for sure,” Woodbury said. “I will just be about a week late or so to start classes (if I make the team).”

If he doesn’t make the U18 team Woodbury would play a full PTL schedule in addition to attending summer school at Iowa.

“I’m excited to go down there and play in front of some Iowa fans,” Woodbury said. “I’ll be down there regardless, maybe a little earlier than planned. But there is nothing wrong with that. The alternative to making this team is coming down to Iowa City and hanging with the guys and working out.

“But it would be such an honor to be selected to that team. And I hope that everything works out for me and I get to go to Brazil.”

Woodbury is among 24 players that have been invited to attend the 2012 USA Men’s Basketball training camp in Colorado Springs, Colo.

The training camp will be held June 5-12 and will be used to select the 12 players that will represent the United States at the 2012 FIBA Americus U18 Championship.

Woodbury will be one of 17 players from the 2012 high school senior class and six players from the 2013 class on the training roster. Jarnell Stokes, who was a freshman at Tennessee this past season, is the lone collegian on the training roster.

Woodbury was a three-time all-state selection at Sioux City East High School where he became only the 21st Iowa high player to surpass 1,000 career rebounds

He also performed well at the prestigious All-American Championships, which was held in early April in New Orleans at the site of the NCAA Final Four. Woodbury recorded a double-double in the game with 11 points and 11 rebounds.

“I’m always pretty confident in my abilities,” Woodbury said. “But there are some great guys trying out there. I just hope I can do what I can to make the team.”

Woodbury is among five high school seniors that will join an Iowa team coming off its first winning season since 2007. The class, which also features Parade All-American guard and Woodbury’s close friend Mike Gesell from South Sioux City, Neb., is widely regarded as a top-30 class nationally.

“I feel the incoming freshmen can bring a lot to this team and help in different areas that they might have been lacking in other years,” Woodbury said. “And the guys that are returning they really improved and the success is showing I believe because winning a postseason game isn’t that easy.”

The Hawkeyes under second-year coach Fran McCaffery won a Big Ten Tournament game for the first time since 2006, a game in the National Invitation Tournament for the first time since 2003 and seven more games than the previous season.

“The excitement is unbelievable,” Woodbury said. “(Coach McCaffery) is a great recruiter and a hard-working coach and I think the wins will keep coming.

“The improvement that he showed from his first year to last year also speaks for itself. So I think we can make an even bigger jump this year.”

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About Pat Harty: Columnist Pat Harty has been covering the Iowa Hawkeyes for the Press-Citizen since 1991. Originally from Des Moines, he currently writes columns and covers Hawkeye men's basketball for Hawk Central. View author profile.

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