April 11, 2006

Woodland leaning to football over hoops

St. Louis athlete Rolandis Woodland is being heavily recruited by some of the nation's better college football programs. But he spent the weekend rubbing elbows with some of the country's top basketball prospects. Woodland played at the Boo Williams Invitational in Virginia, with some of the best AAU teams around.

"The first two games, I think I played pretty good," said the 6-foot-5 Woodland. "We ended up 2-and-1. We played Michael Jordan's son's team. There were a whole bunch of people in the gym and I was like, 'What are all these people doing here?' Then I saw Michael Jordan come in."

It wasn't the first time Woodland had met the man many would call the greatest basketball player ever. He had roomed across the hall from the younger Jordan at a jamboree in St. Louis last year.

With programs like Michigan State, Tennessee and Connecticut expressing some interest in Woodland to play hoops, he would have a solid future. Except that may not be the direction he takes.

"Depending on how I do at the beginning of my football season, if I play good and I've got a future in football, I'll go ahead and play football," he said. "I've got a lot more stuff to develop in basketball, my jump stop, going both ways. I think I'm kind of behind watching some of those kids this weekend."

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