Woodbury to continue summer progression


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Iowa center Adam Woodbury saw his second Prime Time League season to come an end on Sunday night in a 90-85 loss to Devyn Marble’s and Josh Oglesby’s team. The early postseason exit was disappointing for the Black and Gold big man, who flashed improved skills this summer.

The trick for Woodbury, now that his time in the summer league is done, is to continue to develop those skills. He said after his loss on Sunday that he plans to do that in preparation for the 2013-14 season.

Woodbury looked more comfortable this year in during the summer league and seems to have adjusted to the college level. He doesn’t look tentative like he did last winter — granted, while playing against a lower level of competition.

But Woodbury displayed key improvements in his game that should bolster his offensive production next season.

“I’ve gotten more explosive, stronger around the rim, being able to step out farther on my jump shot,” he said. “Hopefully, that’s key to my success this year. I’m just trying to improve my game all around.”

If there’s one key aspect of his game Woodbury has zeroed in on this summer, it’s free-throw shooting.

He struggled at the line as a freshman, only converting 51 percent. The Hawkeye big man has been better from the charity stripe as of late, making 65.5 percent of his free-throw attempts during Prime Time play.

“Every day,” Woodbury said about working on his free throw shooting. “It was similar to that last season, it just didn’t correlate to the games that much. I’m hoping this year it’s going to correlate even more.”

The 7-footer was a force this summer, posting up numerous defenders and demanding the ball with a deep voice that echoed throughout both Jones and Roberts Gyms in North Liberty. Woodbury made better reads with improved court vision, and he seems to have gained newfound confidence, which was absent during his first year in the league.

“The knowledge that I have at this time compared with last year is tremendous,” Woodbury said. “I feel way more prepared this year than I was last year.”

Marble echoed the center, saying he has noticed how much work Woodbury has done.

“He’s just more assertive, more aggressive, and more confident,” Marble said. “I told him that he has to start making quick moves; he’s doing that. It’s reading defenses, and he’s doing a much better job of that, too.”

Woodbury’s development, paired with the improvement of Hawkeye teammate Gabe Olaseni, could give Iowa one of the better post duos in the Big Ten for the upcoming season. Their contrasting styles will present matchup problems for opposing teams.

“It’s kind of like ying and yang,” Olaseni said. “I’m kind of like the 6-10 athlete, and he’s kind of like the 7-foot banger down low. I think we complement each other.”

As his development continues, Woodbury will turn his attention toward preparing for the Hawkeyes’ trip to Europe in mid-August. The Iowa men’s basketball team will play six games between Aug. 13 and Aug. 20 against international competition.

“We got to get ready,” Woodbury said. “We’re going to play great teams over there. We got to get tuned up, and it’ll be a great experience for all of us against great competition.”

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