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Big All-City Player of the Year: James Woodard has enjoyed playing with brother Jordan

For as long as they've been playing basketball, James and Jordan Woodard have virtually always been on the same team. And though nothing is certain, it's possible that they've played their last game together.
by Scott Wright Published: April 6, 2012
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For as long as they've been playing basketball, James and Jordan Woodard have virtually always been on the same team.

Only for a couple of years, when Jordan was in eighth and ninth grade, were the brothers not teammates.

And though nothing is certain in the future, it's possible that they've played their last game together — that being Edmond Memorial's state championship loss to Tulsa Union last month.

But for James Woodard, The Oklahoman's Big All-City Player of the Year, the joy of sharing the court with his little brother is a feeling he'll always remember.

“I've been playing basketball with him all my life,” James said. “Playing with him and winning a championship last year, then getting to the championship game again was a lot of fun.

“We've always been used to playing with each other. It's just natural for us out there. I know what he's gonna do. He knows what I'm gonna do. We have that bond and that chemistry.”

That chemistry meant even more to Jordan when he joined the varsity before the 2010-11 season.

“When I first started practicing with varsity, James was the only one I was comfortable with,” Jordan said. “I always wanted him on my team. It was easy for me to come in and play with him.”

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by Scott Wright
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A lifelong resident of the Oklahoma City metro area, Scott Wright has been on The Oklahoman staff since 2005, covering a little bit of everything on the state's sports scene. He has been a beat writer for football and basketball at Oklahoma and...
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