IOWA CITY — Adam Woodbury’s high school coach says the 7-foot center will pick either Carolina blue or Iowa black-and-gold Wednesday night.
“It’s down to those two schools,” said Raz Vanderloo, Sioux City East’s boys’ basketball coach. “Ohio State and Wisconsin were in the mix until a few days ago.
“It’s not a secret; Coach (Fran) McCaffery was here on Friday and did a great, great job. Roy Williams and one of his assistants were here yesterday. They did a great, great job. It’s been a crazy, crazy couple of days.”
Woodbury will announce his decision in his high school gymnasium at 7 p.m. Wednesday. He averaged 18.5 points and 12.4 rebounds a game last year for East. He’s a four-star recruit by Rivals, which rated him as the nation’s seventh post player.
Woodbury has scholarship offers from seven different Big Ten schools along with North Carolina and many others.
“I will tell you that Coach Fran worked very, very hard and Coach Williams was very, very polished and impressive,” Vanderloo said. “Coach McCaffery, I don’t think, could have worked any harder to get what he wanted. But then Carolina comes in on a big, white horse with the shiny rings and you’re like, ‘Whoa.’”
If Woodbury chooses North Carolina, it’s the sixth high-profile Iowa player to spurn a state university for Williams. At Kansas, Williams plucked former Raef LaFrentz, Nick Collison and Kirk Hinrich. In the last two years, Williams snagged Ames’ Harrison Barnes and then secured Linn-Mar point guard Marcus Paige.
“I said to Coach Williams yesterday when he walked into the school that if he had a red dot on his shirt from somebody on the roof with a sniper gun, I’m out of here,” Vanderloo said.
“If he goes to Iowa, he’s probably the first kid, maybe the second, to ever tell Carolina no and go to Iowa. Both storylines are very interesting to read.”
Woodbury also has to choose between two of his AAU teammates. Paige has tried to persuade him to go to North Carolina, while Mike Gesell, a guard from South Sioux City, Neb., recently committed to Iowa.
“I’m trying to sway him a little bit because he’s obviously a great player,” Gesell said. “At the same time it’s his decision.”
Gesell said he, Woodbury and another Iowa commit, guard Patrick Ingram and still scheduled to make official recruiting visits to Iowa City this weekend. Woodbury had planned to take the NCAA-allowed five recruiting visits but just has the Iowa one scheduled.
Neither Vanderloo, Paige nor Gesell would tip their hand at Woodbury’s choice.
“I have an idea but this is his deal,” Vanderloo said.
“I have a pretty good idea of what he’s doing, but my word to him is my word so I can’t give it out,” Paige said.