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TULSA'S WOODARD HAS GREAT EXPERIENCE AT KEVIN DURANT SKILLS ACADEMY

Tulsa junior-to-be James Woodard was one of 15 collegians to participate in the Kevin Durant Skills Academy over the weekend.
Tulsa junior-to-be James Woodard was one of 15 collegians to participate in the Kevin Durant Skills Academy over the weekend.
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June 30, 2014

Tulsa, Oklahoma - University of Tulsa junior guard James Woodard was one of 15 collegians to participate in the Kevin Durant Skills Academy this past weekend in Washington, DC.

"It was a great experience. It was great to be around the kind of professional staff assembled to teach us the ways to get to the next level and become more of an elite player. It was a blessing to be there and a great opportunity. Hopefully, I can take the experiences and what I learned into next season," said Woodard. "I learned some little physical details, like coming off screens and how to attack your defender, and just basically being more physical."

Woodard, a 6'4" guard from Arcadia, Oklahoma, averaged a team-leading 15.5 points and 5.9 rebounds, while shooting 44-percent from the field 39-perent from three-point range and 78-percent from the free throw line. He led Tulsa to an overall 21-13 record, Conference USA championship and an appearance in the NCAA Tournament. Woodard earned second-team all-conference honors as well.

The reigning NBA MVP Kevin Durant hosted five workouts over the duration of the camp, helping the younger guys become better basketball players.

A year ago, the Durant Skills Academy roster featured several players drafted in last Thursday's NBA Draft, including Duke's Jabari Parker, Michigan's Glenn Robinson III, Michigan State's Gary Harris, N.C. State's T.J. Warren and Wichita State's Cleanthony Early.