As a senior at Memorial, Woodard averaged 15.4 points, 7.1 rebounds and 6.8 assists. He tore his hamstring in the Class 6A semifinals but gutted through it, hitting his only field goal of the championship game on a tip-in as time expired to give the Bulldogs a 49-48 win.
Now, Woodard is being asked to take over the point as the Sooners are trying to turn up the tempo.
“It definitely fits my game,” Woodard said of the fast-paced offense. “I love it. Coach told me when he was recruiting me that that was definitely going to be the style this upcoming season. I'm really excited for it. I feel like it fits our team best, and that's how we're going to win a lot of ballgames.”
Hornbeak knows what Woodard is in for, having been one of three freshman to see significant time at guard last season.
He's tried to prepare Woodard for everything that comes with being a point guard.
“No matter what age he is or classification, as long as you're playing the point guard, you assume some of that leadership role,” Hornbeak said.