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JUCO shooting guard Avery Woodson feeling Beale Street blues, commits to Memphis

UPDATE:   

Junior college prospect Avery Woodson, out of Scooba, Mississippi, has elected to play the rest of his college career on Beale Street. The 6'3, 188 lb shooting guard gives Head Coach Josh Pastner and his staff their fourth commitment for the class of 2014, three of which are junior college prospects. Woodson is currently playing at East Mississippi C.C., where he headed after redshirting his freshmen year at Southeastern Louisiana University. He is rated three stars on 247sports and unranked on both Rivals and ESPN.com. Woodson received other offers from Arkansas, Boise State, Murray State, and Utah State before choosing Memphis. 

ANALYSIS:

Avery Woodson might not seem like a big splash for Memphis, but his sharp shooting ability fills a glaring hole in the Tigers roster. Woodson has a lightning quick release that will help him shoot over taller defenders, and his form remains consistently excellent on every shot, which is key for any great shooter. However, he's not just a shooter. Woodson can slash to the rim with both hands, and he also has superb leaping ability that allows him to finish with authority at the rim. He moves well off the ball and understands how to use a multitude of screens to free himself up for a good look at the basket. With Joe Jackson and Chris Crawford, possibly Memphis' two best scoring guards, graduating after this season, Woodson will have a chance to step in and contribute immediately. Again, the Woodson commitment isn't sexy for Coach Pastner, but he has to be relieved that he just filled such a major need on his roster. He won't be a star, but he'll definitely continue to be what he's always been as a shooter on the basketball court: consistent. 

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Grant Milner