Bedlam basketball: Arcadia is home of the Round Barn, Pop's — and the Woodard family

Folks in Arcadia are proud to say they know the Woodard brothers, and many eyes will be on the television set today when Jordan tries to help Oklahoma beat Oklahoma State in Saturday's 1 p.m. game in Stillwater.
by Ryan Aber Published: February 14, 2014
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photo - Oklahoma’s Jordan Woodard, a former Edmond Memorial standout, celebrates with fans after Monday’s Bedlam victory. Woodard led OU with 18 points. Photo by Nate Billings, The Oklahoman
Oklahoma’s Jordan Woodard, a former Edmond Memorial standout, celebrates with fans after Monday’s Bedlam victory. Woodard led OU with 18 points. Photo by Nate Billings, The Oklahoman

The elder James Woodard has lived in Arcadia all of his life.

“I'll be 74 in March,” he said. “When they brought me home from the hospital, they brought me to Arcadia.”

The family also gets together for dinner after church on Sunday, with Jordan and the younger James joining when they're home from school.

“I know they're proud of me and my brother because we grew up so close to everybody in that town,” Jordan said. “They still keep in touch with us today, through our parents. That's why I think me and my brother keep it so close to us to make sure we represent Arcadia and not matching it with Edmond. No disrespect to Edmond, but I feel like the people of Arcadia ... that's mostly for them to make sure we remember where we came from.”

The Woodards hear about that pride all over town.

The elder James Woodard is on the Arcadia town council.

“I go around and talk to a lot of people, and before I can talk to them about the town, they start talking to me about basketball,” James said. “They're just as proud as I am.”

Ray Traylor has lived down the street from the Woodards for about 35 years. He knew Marcus when he was growing up and watched Jordan and James growing up as well.

“I wished they'd say they were from Arcadia more,” Traylor said of the OU and Tulsa television broadcasts he watches to keep up with the brothers. “I think everybody in Arcadia's proud of them.

“I've known them since they were in grade school, and they always seem to make it their business to be in the right crowd. Arcadia's a small town, but you can still get mixed up with the wrong people. They never did that.”

Gordon Allensworth grew up playing basketball on that blacktop court with Marcus and now follows OU and Tulsa basketball because of the Woodards.

“When they were growing up and we were still playing, they'd come and cheer us on. At the rodeos, they were always helping us out,” Allensworth said. “He (Marcus) raised some good kids. They're just good, well-mannered kids and we love cheering for them.”

by Ryan Aber
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Ryan Aber has worked for The Oklahoman since 2006, covering high schools, the Oklahoma City RedHawks, the Oklahoma City Barons and OU football recruiting. An Oklahoma City native, Aber graduated from Northeastern State. Before joining The...
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