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Loren Woods out of Arizona
College: Arizona
Height: 7'-1"
Weight: 245
Class: Senior
Birth Date: June 21, 1978
Age: 42 years, 99 days old
HomeTown: St. Louis, Mo.
NBA Comparison: Elden Campbell Notes on Loren Woods
Loren Woods struggled through two tough years at Wake Forest where he fought a nagging back injury and the impossible comparison to Tim Duncan. After sitting out a year, he got a break with Arizona and didn't disappoint. He added about 25 pounds to his VERY lean frame and began to show off his wide variety of athletic tools, shot blocking prowess and deft shooting touch. As a senior, averaged 12.9 points, 6.4 rebounds and 2.8 blocks, helping to lead Arizona to the championship game against Duke. Woods looks and plays like the new breed of big men in the NBA - quick, athletic and good ballhandlers. He could go anywhere from the top 10 to the bottom of the first round.
Strengths of Loren Woods
The kid is a tremendous shot blocker with the ability to dominate at 7'1". He runs the floor well and has a soft touch both around the basket and from the perimeter. He has a very long wingspand and tons of athleticism. Woods also has the distinction of being probably the best passing big man in the draft. He has the gifts to be the type of player that flourishes in the NBA.
Weaknesses of Loren Woods
Woods has struggled with confidence and has been labeled as too soft by some. He even received chants of "C-B-A" from some brutal fans. Additionally, he needs to hit the weights. He isn't the stick he was at Wake Forest, but he'll need to add bulk if he wants to pound around in the paint.
Woods on the Rockets?
Woods is rather enigmatic and has elements of both Kelvin Cato (attitude) and Carlos Rogers (injuries, size). The Rockets are probably not going to look for a center in the draft and Woods is certainly not at the top of their list even though he does have skills and went through a full four years in college, something appreciated by the Rockets. Chances are, the Rockets will stick with who they have rather than add a similar player to their arsenal.