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PG Woodward Verbals to Penn State

Penn State received their fourth basketball commitment for the class of 2013 on Monday, when Edina (Minn.) point guard Graham Woodward made his verbal pledge to the Nittany Lions.

The 6-foot, 170-pounder selected Penn State over offers from Washington State, Xavier, Drake and Cal Poly, among others.

Woodward was on hand for an official visit to Penn State the last weekend of September, and it took just over two weeks afterwards to make his decision.

It has been widely known head coach Patrick Chambers wanted a true point guard in this class, which is exactly what he's getting in the three star guard.

"He has a lot of options in his game, but his best quality as a player is his decision making," said Edina head coach Pat Dorsey earlier this month. "He can control the tempo of the game with his decisions, he knows when to speed up or slow down the game.

"Whether it is him taking the shot, getting someone else the ball in a good situation, or just controlling the offense is what Graham does well."

In terms of his own game, Woodward has the quicks to get by most defenders, where he'll penetrate and either pull-up for a jumper or dish it to a teammate.

"Graham Has three point range, off the top of my mind he shot 43 percent from three last year as the leading shooter on the team," said Dorsey. "He doesn't need an awful lot of space to get shots off when it comes to his pull-up game."

Growing up in Big Ten country, Woodward has always wanted to play in the conference, and will now get the chance to do so next year. Dorsey couldn’t say enough positive things about his star guard, who is very well-rounded.

"I'm lucky to have him for the four years that we've had him," praised Dorsey. "Graham is the kid Edina High School wants to represent it. He's a high character kid, connects with all types of classmates, and has a very strong academic standing.

"He's one of a kind, really a complete package."

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