July 25, 2011

Horns have eye on rising local star

You can't teach size. College basketball coaches know it and so do talent evaluators.
If you're blessed with great size and some game to go along with it, the chances are you're going to catch the attention of a lot of important eyeballs. Central Texas is home to a rising, 2013 big man with the size, developing game, and as expected he's catching the attention of college coaches during this summer circuit. Round Rock Stony Point big man Dominic Woodson is making his mark during the summer recruiting period, and Orangebloods.com recently caught up with the 6'10 post player.

"It's going great," stated Woodson about his summer. "I'm working hard. We're about to go to the Super Sophomore Showcase in Orlando, and then to the AAU Nationals (also in Orlando)."

As a member of Ray Jackson's Rising Stars AAU, Woodson has been a force in the paint, and he's also making his mark defensively. Like most big men, he enjoy and comfortable doing a little bit of everything. Plus, he has a feel for what he's trying to accomplish when he gets into the gym.

"I like to go to my jump looks, my turnaround jumper, and I have some low post moves I've worked on," stated the product of the Lone Star State. "I like to block shots and try to get a lot rebounds. I need to work on finishing left hook and finishing around the rim. That's my main focus right now."

The offers are starting to pour in for Woodson and the list already includes the likes of Tulsa, UTEP, James Madison, TCU, Vanderbilt and Texas Tech. Recently, Woodson visited Tulsa, Texas A&M, and he's made the short drive down I-35 to the UT campus multiple times.
Speaking of the Longhorns, there are a couple of schools that Woodson didn't hesitate to say are standing out ahead of others.

"Texas is the one that's standing out the most along with OU," Woodson said. "I hear from coach Ogden. He told me that he's very interested in me. He likes what he sees in my game. He said I'm a good low post."

Woodson has a long time before he even has to worry about making significant decisions in the world of recruiting, but the member of the 2013 class has a good idea of what he's looking for in a school.

"First, I'm looking for my major. I want to major in kinesiology," said the 6'10, 255 pounder. "Then, I'm looking for right basketball system; one that works inside-out."

With impressive performances against some of the nation's best competition this summer the word is out, and there is a developing buzz around Woodson's name. When college coaches start to shift their focus towards big men of the 2013 class, Woodson's phone is going to start ringing non-stop during those significant recruiting periods.


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