IOWA CITY — Adam Woodbury bought in to Iowa basketball and Coach Fran McCaffery Thursday night. Now recruiting analysts are buying futures in Iowa basketball.
Woodbury, a 7-foot center from Sioux City East, will play basketball at Iowa in 2012, picking the Hawkeyes over North Carolina and Big Ten competitors Wisconsin and Ohio State among others. For national recruiting expert Van Coleman, Woodbury’s selection is a recruiting game changer locally and on the national scene.
“I think this is a turning-point recruit for them,” said Coleman, publisher of Hoopmasters.com. “This is going to be, not just this staff, but is the going to be the fifth time an Iowa staff has gone head up with Roy Williams, and the sixth time a staff in the state of Iowa has gone head up against Roy Williams. … The rest of them, they were involved with those kids, early on in their recruiting, but they haven’t been able to get it done.”
Woodbury 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 and No. 42 overall.
Woodbury joins fellow AAU teammate Mike Gesell, a 6-foot guard from South Sioux City, Neb. Gesell committed to Iowa on Aug. 8 and is rated No. 96 by Rivals. Iowa also picked 6-foot-3 combo guard Pat Ingram from Indianapolis on Aug. 17 and 6-foot-10 forward Kyle Meyer (Atlanta) in the spring.
“Ingram is way than better than people think,” Coleman said. “I think he’s a top 100 player. In my mind right now, they’ve got three top 100 players and a 6-11 kid who can shoot it.”
Coleman said Woodbury’s commitment will help put Iowa on the recruiting map for future recruits as well.
“I think what it does, it gives them guys that are contemporary that they can sell to other kids in state makes a big, big difference,” Coleman said. “I think it brings them up to a level where they can start competing for those guys who can you in the first division of the Big Ten and into the NCAAs.
“These guys are the nucleus. I think Gesell and Woodbury give them that nucleus for the future.”