Woodbury Confident

Woodbury Confident

Adam Woodbury said he is getting enough shots, they just aren't falling. The freshman center and his coach are confident that they will start dropping through the hoop.

Iowa CITY, Iowa - Adam Woodbury cares. That's why his struggles on offense are irritating him.

"It definitely gets frustrating," the 7-foot-1 freshman said. "I don't want to be missing shots for my team. It's going to happen. Nobody said this was going to be easy for me.

"I'm just going to keep working hard and hopefully they fall."

Woodbury missed six of seven shots during Sunday's 70-50 win at Northwestern. For the season, the Sioux City native is shooting 53.7 percent from the floor, but in four Big Ten games he's 8-for-23 (34.8 percent) from the field.

"He's just got to concentrate and finish," Iowa Coach Fran McCaffery said. "He's got to attack the rim. He's flipping it up there a little bit occasionally and fading away a little bit. Those are common mistakes for a young big guy. But he's working."

While Woodbury has started all of Iowa's games this year, McCaffery has gone more with juniors Melsahn Basabe and Zach McCabe with his freshman struggling with his shot of late. Woodbury has averaged just 15.3 minutes a game in four Big Ten games.

"I don't think anything is missing," Woodbury said. "I'm just (missing) some shots that I always make. If a couple of them go down here or there, we're not even having this conversation.

"I'm right there with them. I'm not missing them horribly. A few adjustments here or there and I think I'll be fine."

Woodbury still has contributed positives for the Hawkeyes. He snared nine rebounds in 12 minutes at Northwestern. He's averaged a team-best 6.8 boards in four conference games and 5.6 caroms overall.

"He's rebounding; he's playing phenomenal defense," McCaffery said. "He's been tremendous. You know, it's unfortunate that he's missing some shots that he would normally make because then you'd be talking about how great he's been because he'd be hitting double-doubles. But he's performing exactly like we hoped he would."

Woodbury said he's added moves to his offensive game since arriving at Iowa from Sioux City East High. He doesn't think that having more options has created indecision.

"I'm getting enough shots," he said. "I just have to hope they start falling next game. I just have to stay confident in my abilities.

McCaffery believes in his big man.

"He's missing shots that he's capable of making," the coach said. "It's different if you're missing threes. Well, I missed a three. But if you miss a close one, well, you're supposed to make a close one. Everybody knows that. He knows that. And he will, and he has.

"So I'm not worried about that aspect of it. We just stay positive with him."

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