On Sunday night, 2013 Edina (Minn.) point guard Graham Woodward informed the Penn State coaching staff he was giving them a verbal commitment.
Woodward's commitment gives the Nittany Lions four verbals for the class of 2013.
Lions247 was able to catch up with the 6-foot, 170-pounder after he made the decision, to get the story behind his commitment.
The following is the latest installment of our popular series, Q&A with the Nittany Lions’ Newest Commitment.
Lions247: What ultimately made decide to choose Penn State at this juncture of your recruitment?
Graham Woodward: “For me, first and foremost, it was the relationship I was able to build with Coach Chambers throughout the whole process, and the coaching staff as a whole. Another factor was playing in the Big Ten Conference, I wanted to play at as high of a level as I could, and you can’t get much higher than the Big Ten. It is just a great school overall, academically and athletically. -
Lions247: When did you inform the staff of your intentions, and what was their reaction like?
Graham Woodward: Sunday night, they were very excited, they were pumped, I heard a few screams (laughs), so they were happy.
Lions247: Penn State came through with an offer less than a month ago, what was it that put Penn State over the top for you?
Graham Woodward: I go back to the relationship with the coaching staff, and I was able to build a great one with Coach Chambers. I feel like that was able to push it over the top,.
Lions247: As a point guard, you are an extension of the coach on the court, can you explain the role you’re going to be playing at Penn State?
Graham Woodward: I’ve been working on being more vocal, and that’s something he wants out of me, to be as vocal as I can be. I lead by example very well, but that vocal piece is something he’s been harping on. Also, just being a general on the floor, having a relationship with Coach where I can maybe see some things going on during the game that he might not be able to see. Just playing that true point guard role.
Lions247: What are you going to be working on the most this upcoming season to get ready for the Division I level?
Graham Woodward: I’m going to keep working on the vocal aspect of my game, and also getting in the weight room and putting on some muscle. The Big Ten Conference is hard-nosed, big time stuff, so I’m going to be in the weight room all the time. I’m also going to be working on improving all the skills that got me to where I am today.
Lions247: With Tim Frazier graduating, there will be playing time to be had, is that something the coaches discussed with you?
Graham Woodward: I talked with Coach Chambers about that, his thing is working hard. I’ll be working as hard as I can, and losing a great senior at the position leaves a possibility for me to play, but I know nothing will be given to me. I’m going to work as hard as I can to try and make the most of it.
Lions247: How does it feel to finally have this recruitment process over and be committed to Penn State?
Graham Woodward: It’s great, it’s definitely a weight lifted off my shoulders - it feels good. I’m happy to have everything over with and that I’ll be going somewhere, and I’m really happy it is Penn State.
Lions247: Any final message for the Penn State fans?
Graham Woodward:Tell them I’m going to work as hard as I can when I step on campus, and hopefully I can help bring home a Big Ten Championship.