Demons’ great Woodley at pro combine

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BRADENTON, Fla. – Now that he’s graduated from Northwestern State, Demon basketball career scoring king Zeek Woodley is showcasing his game at the 2017 Professional Basketball Combine hosted by IMG Academy.

Last Friday, Woodley picked up his college diploma at NSU’s spring commencement exercises and packed for the three-day combine that wraps up Wednesday under the direction of JK Management.
“The event gives NBA personnel a chance to further evaluate and interview players who are on their radar,” said Jake Kelfer, the combine director. “It provides players another chance to make their dreams of playing professional basketball a reality.”

Despite missing 15 games after breaking his right (shooting) wrist Dec. 19, Woodley capped his senior season by topping NSU’s 40-year-old career scoring mark, finishing with 2,033, a 19.4 average in 105 games.

His career total and average both ranked 10th among all Division I players at the close of the 2016-17 season. The Pelican All Saints High School product made 55.6 percent of his shots as a Demon, including 41 percent (133-324) on 3-pointers, and he drained 84.2 percent of his 492 free throw attempts. Woodley averaged 4.7 rebounds at NSU and also had 65 blocked shots.

In 14 games in the 2016-17 season, the versatile 6-2 swingman averaged 19.2 points and 3.5 rebounds while making 50.8 percent of his shot, 43.5 percent from 3-point range, and draining 87 percent (60-69) at the free throw line.

After his injury, Woodley was able to return for the Demons’ last four Southland Conference contests, when he averaged 23.3 points and 4.0 rebounds. The 6-2 swingman led NSU to a 3-1 finish, including wins over league champion New Orleans and at Stephen F. Austin, snapping a five-year, 45-game conference home win streak by the Lumberjacks.

Before the injury, Woodley scored 28 on Nov. 28 at Mississippi State in a 64-59 defeat, with Bulldogs coach Ben Howland saying postgame that Woodley could play anywhere in the country.

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Doug Ireland

Doug Ireland

Sports Information Director, Northwestern State (LA) Chairman, Louisiana Sports Hall of Fame

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