Minnesota Pump N Run and Edina (MN) high school point guard Graham Woodward has committed to Penn State. The 2013 floor general would have attracted more early attention from high majors if he were taller, but eventually many schools decided they couldn’t help but take interest in the under-six-foot guard after a strong summer.
LateNightHoops was in Las Vegas in July and witnessed an impressive run to the final four of the adidas Super 64 by Woodward’s Minnesota Pump N Run 17U squad. 2014 F Reid Travis is the more well known name on that team (and rightfully so), but in several games during the tournament it was clearly Woodward who led the way.
Woodward is a true point guard who combines a solid all around game and a strong court IQ with a incredible effort and grit. Capable passer and scorer, his game continues to develop. He’s small, but has skills and smarts. There is no doubt that the effort will be there.
Penn State will graduate do-it-all point guard Tim Frazier after the 2012-13 season, but the Nittany Lions expects to sign both Woodward and combo guard Geno Thorpe next month during the early signing period.
PSU sophomore forward Ross Travis, who was recently included in an article about Minnesota players ready to make a mark in D1 basketball this year, played against Woodward in high school. During the 2010-11 season, Travis and his Chaska team beat Edina twice, including a 82-51 victory to end Edina’s season in the sectional playoffs. Travis scored 28 in that contest and 25 in the teams’ previous match up.
Graham Woodward highlights from HardwoodElite.com: