Woodbury peaking as his Iowa career winds down

East alum Adam Woodbury is playing his best basketball for 4th ranked Iowa

By Chris Palmquist | cpalmquist@kcautv.com

Published 02/11 2016 05:04PM

Updated 02/11 2016 08:49PM

Over his last seven games, Sioux City East alum and Iowa senior Adam Woodbury has racked up four double-doubles and it's not a stretch to say he's playing the best basketball of his career.

As a blue-chip prospect in high school, Woodbury has faced criticism due to underwhelming statistics in Iowa City, but he's recently receiving praise for his play.

"Obviously it feels nice to be appreciated but for the few people that didn't appreciate men, that kind of gave me motivation to work even harder," said Woodbury.

"People get on him or when they're praising him he still just stays true to himself and just plays his game," said classmate and South Sioux City alum Mike Gesell. "He's not looking for approval or anything, he's just looking to get better every single day."

"His role is obviously much more critical than it's ever been," said Iowa Head Coach Fran McCaffery. "He's been a starter since he got here, but the way he anchors the defense, the communication that he provides, and the rebounding...he provides an element of toughness that I think every team needs."

"If you guys listen to some of my interviews when I was a senior back in high school, this was what I wanted to do," said Woodbury. "I wanted to help bring the Iowa team back to some of the national prominence that it used to have. For it to come to fruition a little bit, it's cool. But I'm stuck in the moment and just trying to win as many games as I can."

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