In modern day basketball, guard play has become the most important part of success. The guards have gotten bigger and the days of Patrick Ewing-type players dominating the NCAA are over. A prime example comes from our own Penn State basketball recent past. In the 08-09 season, we had experienced guards in Stanley Pringle and Dan Morrissey. We all know what happened that season and we all know what happened the next season when they were gone.
Guards are important and we thought there’d be no better place to start our profiles than with Junior G Cammeron Woodyard.
Read about Cam after the jump!
The Past as a Back-up
Cam Woodyard came to Penn State along with Chris Babb and Billy Oliver. Cam played post for most of high school, but was moved to guard and averaged 20 points per game his senior year. His freshmen year (08-09), Cam played in 24 games averaging just under 7 minutes per game. He averaged just over 2 points per game that season. His sophomore season (09-10) season he again played in 24 games, playing an average of 9 minutes, and averaged right around 2 points. His career high in minutes is 17 and his career high in points is 9. Cam mainly came off the bench to spell David Jackson and Chris Babb and obviously played limited minutes in that role.
The Future as a Main Cog
With all the departures, especially of the guards in front of him, Cam will be expected to play a much bigger role this season than 8 or 9 minutes a game. Cam could very well fill the spot left by Chris Babb and become the team’s second go-to three shooter. He has shown the ability to shoot in the past, but his size may be his greatest asset and could eventually be his greatest contribution to the team. With that size and athleticism, how well Cam can drive to the basket could very well determine how much of an impact he has on the ’10-’11 team. He will need to shoot well in order to pull pressure off of Talor Battle and be able to drive to the basket in order to open up the perimeter for the rest of the players on the court. The team will also need a solid contribution on the boards from Cam because rebounding from the guards will be crucial. Defensively his size will be an unbelievable asset and lead to him guarding some of the better guards in the Big 10.
Talor and Tim can take care of the assists and run the offense, so to have a truly successful season, Cam needs to average over 10 points and 5 rebounds a game and have an impact on defense. This should not be difficult to accomplish assuming most likely, at the least, double the minutes and increased emphasis in the offense.