Coming off a successful summer AAU season, Edina (Minn.) point guard Graham Woodward has seen his recruitment start to pick up during the month of September.
Woodward will visit Penn State soon.
Already taking two official visits to Washington State and Drake this month, Woodward broke down where he is at right now.
“Flying out to Washington State, it was a great atmosphere out there, a real family feel to the Cougars,” explained Woodward. “Everybody really seems to support basketball out there, it was great to get to meet the coaches and players.
“With Drake, it is closer obviously but distance isn’t a huge deal for me. Drake was great as well, good facilities and I really got along well with the players on the team. I like the coaching staff as well.”
Next up for the three-star guard is an official visit to Penn State, who recently extended an offer to Woodward.
“I have spoken with Coach Chambers once a week for the past two months, we have really developed a good relationship there,” said Woodward. “Talking to Coach Daly as well, he came for an in-home visit and that was really nice to put a face to a name.
“Coach Chambers has made it clear that he needs to have a really good relationship with his point guard, whoever that is. He’s told me about their style of play and that’s been one of the main reasons we’ve been talking so much is because there’s a good fit there. He’s been really great really supportive throughout the whole process.”
In addition to the schools already mentioned, Woodward has offers from Xavier and Cal Poly, among many others, and increased interest from Butler.
The 6-foot, 170-pounder points to a focus on improved defense this summer as part of his growth. Playing for Minnesota Pump n Run alongside 2014 standout Reid Travis, Woodward helped guide his team deep into a number of tournaments.
Primarily a point guard, Woodward went more in-depth regarding he does well on the court.
“I would say my quickness is my biggest strength, I like to think I can get by anyone off the bounce,” said Woodward on Sunday. “I like to make things happen off the pick-and-roll, making decisions and just using what the defense gives me to take advantage of them.”
With his senior season at Edina High approaching, the No. 236 player overall by 247Sports knows where he will be trying to get better for the Division I level.
“For me, its more of being a vocal leader, it’s something people have told me I need to work on and I totally agree. I need to lead more by example.”