Freedom's Faith Woodard chooses Georgetown (UPDATED 1:50 P.M.)



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Sun. October 14, 2012 | John C. Cotey | Email

Freedom's Faith Woodard chooses Georgetown (UPDATED 1:50 P.M.)

Faith Woodard, who starred at Riverview before transferring to Freedom for her senior season, has verbally committed to Georgetown.

Woodard said her decision came down to the Hoyas and USF, the only two programs she visited.

Reached by phone Sunday from Washington, D.C., where she was wrapping up her visit, the 6-foot-2 forward said she was sold the moment she gazed at the Georgetown campus -- outlined in orange and bronze autumnal foliage -- from her hotel room window upon arriving Thursday.

"It was so breathtaking," she said.  

Woodard, regarded for having good feet and soft hands for a post player, averaged 21.4 points and 11 rebounds as a junior last season at Riverview. In May, she won a Class 4A state title in the high jump after finishing second as a sophomore.

She collected 15 or more rebounds in a game five times last season.  Against Newsome, she had a triple-double, though you could classify it as an unorthodox quadruple-double -- 28 points, 10 offensive rebounds, 10 defensive rebounds and a season-high 12 blocked shots. As a sophomore, Woodard averaged 18.2 points a game and 10.8 rebounds. 

Woodard, who said she's undecided on competing in track in college, currently owns a 3.9 GPA. The youngest of three children, she said she's considering studying law (older sister Erica has a law degree) or medicine.

"USF was great," said Woodard's father, Sterlin. "(Bulls coach) Jose Fernandez has done a great job with that program...and the facilities are just phenomenal. But the problem is, even though this is like a thousand miles away, Georgetown gives her academic credentials she couldn't get anywhere else."

Times staff writer Joey Knight contributed to this report.



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