When you're over 7-feet tall, you get a lot of attention on and off the basketball floor. Iowa center Adam Woodbury has been in the spotlight since he was a ninth grader at Sioux City East. His freshman year with the Hawkeyes is also being closely watched.
Over the last six games, Woodbury is Iowa's leading rebounder, at seven per game. He tied a career-high with 9 boards against Northwestern.
Offensively, Woodbury has scored in double figures just four times in 17 games, the last time was against South Dakota, almost a month and a half ago. In four Big Ten games, he's averaging just four points per game, including 2 against Michigan State and 2 against Northwestern.
Head coach Fran McCaffery is not concerned.
"He's just got to concentrate and finish," said McCaffery. "He's got to attack the rim. He's flipping it up there a little bit occasionally and fading away a little bit. Those are common mistakes for a young big guy. But he's working. I mean, he's rebounding, he's playing phenomenal defense. He's been tremendous. You know, it's unfortunate that he's missing some shots that he would normally make because then you'd be talking about how great he's been because he'd be hitting double-doubles. But he's performing exactly like we hoped he would."
For the season, Woodbury is averaging 6 points and 5.6 rebounds per game. He's shooting nearly 54 percent from the field but his free throws still need work, at 50 percent.
Iowa will play first place Wisconsin at 7 o'clock Saturday night on the Big Ten Network.
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