The 2011 high school basketball class in the state of Kentucky is filled with rising seniors that are hoping to make a name for themselves. Kameron Woods of Eastern High School (Louisville, KY) was one of those players just a few short months ago. However, after a great summer, Woods now has one of the hottest names in the state and he continues to capitalize on it.
As a junior, when Woods was a first time starter for his high school team, he was a relative unknown to most in the state. He finished up a solid year in which he averaged seven points, seven rebounds, and close to 4 blocked shots a game. Fast forward less than a year later and Woods is now a burgeoning prospect being mentioned among the best players in Kentucky.
At 6’7 and 185 pounds, Woods fills the center spot on his team. But, the versatile big man is a match up problem for opposing squads both inside and out.
“I am a combo player. A do-it-all type of player. I can handle the ball. I can step out and shoot it,” Woods said. “I grew up trying to play like Kevin Garnett...but now I think of my game as more of a Wesley Johnson (formerly of Syracuse, now with Minnesota Timberwolves) type of player. I just try to be as versatile as possible. I play center in high school but at the college level coaches tell me I will be a small forward and a power forward,” Woods continued.
There is no doubt that Woods has always had the body that scouts like to see. But, now that he has proven he has the game to go along with the frame, college coaches have quickly taken notice.
“Butler offered me yesterday,” Woods said. “Coach Brad Stevens, the head coach there, called and told me he was offering me a scholarship. He told me he likes versatile players and he likes me because he thinks I’m versatile.”
While a scholarship offer from last year’s NCAA National Runner Up is nothing to take lightly, the Butler call is one of many recent offers for Woods. As a matter of fact, the month of August has started out with a major bang for the multitalented prospect. Tulane offered Woods on Sunday afternoon, followed by Butler on Sunday night. And the good news continued on Monday as well.
“I got an offer from IUPUI today,” Woods said. “It’s been a blessing. To start out with no interest and to be where I am now is a blessing.”
At this point last year college interest for Woods was few and far between. Now, after a summer filled with strong play, Woods claims double digit offers from the likes of Butler, Tulane, IUPUI, Marshall, Miami (Ohio), Wright State, Eastern Kentucky, James Madison, Western Kentucky, and Morehead State. The talented forward has also received interest from Boston College, Xavier, Clemson, Furman, Chattanooga, and Northeastern among others.
While the college interest continues to roll in quickly, the rising senior is taking the recruiting process slowly. Though Woods has no favorites at this time, he is planning several unofficial visits soon.
“I’m going to visit Butler on Monday,” Woods stated. “I’m also going to try to visit some of the schools that are (within) driving distance soon – Marshall, Miami (Ohio), Wright State, and probably Eastern (Kentucky).”
Woods is still wide open from a college selection standpoint, but he does have some ideas as to what he is looking for in his destination, including whether or not he wants to stay close to home. “Location isn’t really a factor. I am just looking for the best fit for me,” Woods said. “I am looking for a good school that can get me better as a player.”
Woods said he will try to add strength and continue to work on honing his all-around repertoire of skills to get ready for the next level. But, though the college life is only a year away, the talented senior is also a very important key to his upcoming high school team.
“We want to have a big season,” Woods said. “Last season was a bad year for us. We want to get back to Rupp Arena like we did two years ago. We want to take state and go out on top,” Woods said.