Royce Woolridge, who announced plans to transfer from Kansas University on April 15, recently made a recruiting trip to Washington State University.
“The coaches were real cool. I like the plays, the players, everything. I got a good vibe,” said the 6-foot-3 freshman combo guard from Phoenix, who says he will also visit Utah, Stanford and Pepperdine.
Washington State last season was led by 6-foot-6 shooting guard Klay Thompson, a junior who is expected to be tapped in the first round of June’s NBA Draft.
Utah is led by former NBA player Larry Krystkowiak, who coached Woolridge in the Schweitzer Games in Germany following Woolridge’s senior year at Sunnyslope High. He, in fact, made Woolridge captain of that U.S. team.
Stanford, one of the top academic schools in the country, is led by former NBA player Johnny Dawkins.
Pepperdine, located in beautiful Malibu, Calif., is bringing in one of Woolridge’s friends: Jordan Baker, a 6-2 guard from Tempe, Ariz.
Woolridge may not have a school picked out until mid-June.
“I’m definitely going to miss it here,” Woolridge said Wednesday, noting he wouldn’t make any more visits until final exams are complete.
Boogie fever: An entertaining video promoting Bill Self’s Basketball Boogie (June 4, College Basketball Experience next to Sprint Center) is now available. Decked out in disco attire, several KU players and coach Self dance in the video to promote Self’s charitable Assists Foundation.
Lacey update: Trevor Lacey, a 6-3 senior guard from Butler High in Huntsville, Ala., who will sign with KU, Alabama, Auburn or Kentucky next Wednesday, visited KU last weekend.
“Well, his dad was really fired up about the tradition at Kansas,” Butler High coach Jack Doss told Rivals.com. “He was fired up about the tradition and what Kansas has to offer. Trevor told me he had a great visit to Kansas.”