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Woodward talks Penn State official

Following two official visits to Washington State and Drake, three-star Edina (Minn.) point guard Graham Woodward took an official to Penn State over the weekend.

Woodward visited Penn State over the weekend.

Woodward holds offers from Washington State, Xavier, Penn State and Drake, among others, and wanted to get a feel for what the Nittany Lions had to offer.

“It went great, I had a great time meeting the coaches and meeting the players as well,” explained Woodward. “I got to tour around campus with Tim Frazier, was able to play pickup with the guys a bit, it was a good time.

“I really liked campus, I thought it would be bigger but I liked the whole condensed feel, I felt like I could figure the whereabouts of everything.”

With point guard pegged as a position of need for the class of 2013 after Frazier departs, Woodward was feeling the love from the Penn State coaching staff.

“They were telling me I will have a great chance to play, they’re very excited about my game, and Coach Chambers believes in me, which is obviously very important to me,” said Woodward, who plans to make a decision in the next couple of weeks.

Suiting up for the Nittany Lions would provide the unique experience of playing in the strong Big Ten conference, something Woodward has seen a lot of.

“Growing up in Big Ten country - my parents grew up in Indiana and both went to IU - I’ve watched a ton of Big Ten basketball, so playing in the conference will definitely be a factor in my decision.”

Edina head coach Patrick Dorsey has seen his star guard grow over the years, praising Woodward’s high basketball I.Q. on the court.

“He’s got a lot of options in his game, but his best quality as a player is his decision-making,” said Dorsey. “He knows when it’s a right time to speed up the game and also if the team needs a longer set he understands that as well.”

On the offensive end, Dorsey said Woodward uses his quick speed and change of pace to get by defenders, utilizing a wide-variety of scoring methods to help his team.

“I ask him to do a lot, from running our offense, to playing over thirty minutes a game, to guarding the other team’s best guard - Graham embraces his role and he excels while doing it.”

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