UK Recruiting

2011 prospect: Tony Woods

Terrence Jones is UK's leading returning scorer and rebounder.
Terrence Jones is UK's leading returning scorer and rebounder. ASSOCIATED PRESS

Tony Woods

Position: Center

Height: 6-11

Weight: 245

Hometown: Rome, Ga.

Last school: Wake Forest

Rivals ranking: No. 20 overall (2008)

Scout ranking: No. 48 overall (2008)

ESPN ranking: No. 27 overall (2008)

Woods seems to be the only legitimate target on John Calipari's radar for the class of 2011, and it's not entirely clear how seriously the Cats are recruiting the former Wake Forest big man.

He was one of the top recruits in the country when he committed to the Demon Deacons in the summer of 2007, but his time in Winston-Salem was a story of uneven play on the court and a regrettable incident off of it.

He didn't quite live up to his potential as a top-50 prospect, averaging a combined 3.9 points and 2.9 rebounds in 61 games at Wake.

Between his sophomore and junior seasons, Woods was arrested after an altercation with his girlfriend and pleaded guilty to one count of assault. He left school shortly after that episode and followed assistant coach Tim Fuller to Louisville, where he was expected to play for the Cards in 2011-12. Instead, Fuller left for a position at Missouri and Woods re-opened his recruitment.

The 6-foot-11 center visited UK last month, meeting with the coaching staff, Athletics Director Mitch Barnhart and President Lee T. Todd Jr.

As a true post player with college experience, Woods would undoubtedly give the Cats some bulk inside. But his past has some fans wondering whether he's worth the risk, and there's been no confirmation that he even has a scholarship offer from Calipari.

There's also been some confusion over what school Woods is favoring. His former attorney told ESPN that Woods would likely go to Kentucky, while a former coach told the Herald-Leader that Texas had a better shot.

Another former coach recently told the Herald-Leader that Woods was considering several schools including Tennessee and Cincinnati — and would make a decision by mid-June. Until he makes that choice public, it's anybody's guess as to where he will get his second chance.

Ben Roberts

Note: Woods, who was expected to make a college decision soon, had not done so as of Thursday's press time for this section.

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