Wednesday, August 27, 2008

Breaking Through

When Dennis Felton initially recruited Terrance Woodbury to Athens, Woodbury had a mix of high flight athleticism and developing skill as a perimeter player. However, injuries to his back and knee during his freshman year pretty much grounded Woodbury for the first season, and in my opinion, took away a good bit of his leaping ability for the next couple of years.

However, Woodbury stuck with it. He gradually recovered from injury, picked it up on the defensive end, and powered through a couple of shooting slumps along the way.

Things seemed to all come together during Georgia's run to the SEC Tournament Championship. Woodbury's play sparked the team to victory, and along with Sundiata Gaines, Woodbury was named to the 2008 SEC All-Tournament Team.

Can Woodbury carry over his performance from earlier this year into the beginning of the 2008/2009 basketball season? It would be huge if he can combine his head-fake and drive move, the mid-range jumpshot, and accuracy from behind the new three-point distance. As the only scholarship senior on the roster, Woodbury's scoring, defense and leadership will be sorely needed this year.

He's definitely a hard worker. Perhaps as his Dad and Coach Felton hope, Terrance Woodbury can have a break-through senior season.

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