Finally, Roy Williams was told no by someone in the state of Iowa.
Four-star center Adam Woodbury made his collegiate decision at a live press conference Wednesday night and the 14th ranked center chose instate Iowa over Williams and the North Carolina Tar Heels.
“I was always an Iowa fan growing up, but I never thought I would actually be good enough to play for them,” Woodbury said. “They have been with me for a long time, and I am excited to be playing for Coach (Fran) McCaffery and the Hawkeyes.”
Woodbury is a true 7-1 center that Iowa head coach Fran McCaffery needed to complete his 2012 recruiting class. Woodbury will go well with four-star point guard Mike Gesell. Both Woodbury and Gesell both play AAU basketball for Martin Brothers.
The big man from Sioux City East also had offers from Wisconsin, Ohio State, Minnesota and Stanford. He led Sioux City East to two straight state tournaments. He averaged 16.5 points and 12.5 rebounds last season in his junior season.
“It has been an excting ride in my life, and I’m glad to get to start the next chapter in my life,” Woodbury said.
Iowa had been in on Woodbury since his sophomore season and that resonated well with the true center. He said his visit with Roy Williams last night went well and it was a tough choice, but Iowa is where he wanted to play. He cancelled his official visit to North Carolina and everywhere but will be in Iowa City this weekend for his official visit with future teammate Mike Gesell.
“I didn’t want to waste anyone’s time,” Woodbury said. “I felt like I already knew where I was going, and I am confident that I picked the right school.”
This is a great day for Fran McCaffery and Iowa men’s basketball as it shows the new coaching staff is making progress in turning around the Hawkeye program. Woodbury mentioned Iowa’s rebuilding project and wants to be a part of that history.
“They are rebuilding the program at Iowa, and I grew up a Hawkeye fan so I wanted to be a part of the history of building the program back to where it once was. Me and Mike are going to try to do that.”
Williams had made a habit out of taking away the top talent in Iowa. It started with Raef Lafrentz, Kirk Hinrich and Nick Collison at Kansas and has continued with Harrison Barnes and 2012 recruit Marcus Paige at North Carolina.
Paige also plays with Gesell and Woodbury on Martin Brothers and also was trying to convince the big man to come to Chapel Hill.
“Mike is a good friend of mine and he has been talking to me every single day since he committed to Iowa,” Woodbury said. “He has definitely been in my ear a bunch as has Marcus Paige. It has been tough trying to decide which player I wanted to play with.”
Woodbury said McCaffery has been at every single one of his AAU games for the past two years.
“He was happy to hear that I committed when I called tonight,” Woodbury said. “He’s been working real hard to get me, and I can tell. He came up here more than any other coach.”
There are three things Woodbury wants to work on before getting to the Iowa campus. He wants to get stronger and become more explosive in the post. He also knows he has to get better at free throws after making around 35 percent last season.
One thing McCaffery has done successfully in his short time at Iowa is stockpile big men in the post. In 2010, he brought in Melsahn Basabe, the 2011 class includes 6-foot-8 Aaron White and 6-foot-9 Gabe Olaseni and the 2012 class features 7-foot-1 Woodbury and 6-foot-10 Kyle Meyer.