SHAWNEE — Two months ago, Edmond Memorial basketball player Jordan Woodard hobbled into The Oklahoman photo studio with a big brace wrapped tightly around his knee, just days after arthroscopic surgery.
After the photo shoot for the Super 5 All-State team, Woodard swore he'd be ready in time to play in the Faith 7 Basketball Bowl, the annual Oklahoma vs. Texas all-star game that will be held at 7 p.m. Saturday at Oklahoma Baptist University.
The future Oklahoma Sooner also proclaimed that he'd win the Faith 7 slam dunk contest, though that might have been the post-surgery pain medication talking. Nonetheless, Woodard is healthy again and ready to play his first competitive game since the surgery.
He fought through most of the season with knee pain and a severely injured hamstring, and he was nowhere close to full health when he made the steal and subsequent game-winning tip-in in the final seconds to win the Class 6A state championship game against Midwest City.
“I got back on the court about three weeks ago, a month maybe,” Woodard said Friday while the Oklahoma team gathered for lunch in between the morning and afternoon practice sessions. “It's been awhile, but I'm feeling pretty healthy and this will be my first game to see how the knee feels and how the hamstring holds up, so I'm excited.”
Woodard will pack up Sunday to move to Norman, and begin training with the Sooners in preparation for their late-summer European tour.
“I'm real excited — not for summer school so much,” he said with a laugh. “But I'm ready to get on campus and start working out and going against good competition to get me ready for next year.”
Cowboys trio in action
While Woodard is the only future Sooner on the Faith 7 rosters, three Oklahoma State signees will be in action Saturday night.
Douglass point guard Stephen Clark will represent the Oklahoma team, with a pair of future Cowboy teammates on the Texas side.
Jeffrey Carroll, an athletic 6-foot-6 wing, averaged 22 points and 6.4 rebounds per game for Rowlett. And 6-foot-8 Leyton Hammonds brings some needed size to the Cowboys after averaging 21.1 points, 11.1 rebounds and 3.4 assists at Richland High School.
Oral Roberts signee Bobby Wood II from Lancaster, Texas, will be participating as well.
OBCA inducts four into Hall
Randy Turney only retired two months ago, but the 34-year coaching veteran was set to be inducted into the Oklahoma Basketball Coaches Association Hall of Fame Friday night.
He joins a class that includes former Bartlesville and Del City coach Sid Burton, former Wagoner coach Joe Gordon and Dewar's Wiley Ryal.
Ryal also coached at Inola and Henryetta, where he coached Pro Hall of Famer Troy Aikman. Ryal's son, Mark, played for him at Dewar, then went on to play eight years of professional baseball.
OBCA games Saturday