Thursday, August 23, 2012

Jordan Woodard Headed to the Big 12

It's been a long recruiting process for Edmond Memorial (OK) point guard Jordan Woodard. The 6-foot guard has seen the likes of Kansas, Florida State, Missouri and Oklahoma State, among others recruiting him but it came down to three schools.

Oklahoma, Memphis and Stanford were the three schools he selected from and just about everybody expected the home team Sooners to pick up the talented 2013 guard.

The Sooners have been the most consistent program recruiting Woodard and Oklahoma did have the homefield advantage. However, Stanford and Memphis both offer the chance to contribute to a great basketball program as well.

When decision time came around, the home team Sooners won out.

Woodard decided to stay in-state and play basketball for Lon Kruger, similar to his brother James Woodard, who also stayed in-state and committed to Tulsa last year. He watched his brothers recruitment play out last year and mentioned that it helped him during his own recruiting process.

"With James [Woodard] going a year ahead of me it helped me a lot," he said on "To learn a feel for the coaches and to learn what would be best for me."

Woodard is the first commit for Lon Kruger in the 2013 recruiting class but is the second pledge for the Sooners on the day. Oklahoma City center Jacob Hammond, a 6-9, 205 lbs 2014 prospect, also committed to stay in-state and play for the Sooners.

After making the jump from UNLV to Oklahoma, coach Kruger has proved that he's an excellent coach and also a great recruiter. His first recruiting class featured Rivals four-star Buddy Hield, who finished ranked No. 86 in the 2012 class along with four-star Jelon Hornbeak, a great defender and offensive playmaker.

The 2013 class for Oklahoma can only get better as coach Kruger still has scholarships to fill.

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