Woodstock to join FGCU Men's Basketball Program
FORT MYERS, Fla. – The Florida Gulf Coast University men’s basketball program announced that Leon Woodstock will join the team for the 2005-06 season. A transfer from the University of Troy, a member of the Division I Atlantic Sun Conference, Woodstock will have just one season of eligibility remaining.
A 6-foot-5, 230-pound forward, Woodstock played one season for Troy after playing his first two seasons at Chipola Community College in Chipola, Florida. Woodstock played in 23 games off the bench for the Trojans, averaging 2.0 points and 1.2 rebounds per contest in 9.9 minutes per game. Woodstock led Chipola to a 32-5 record and the Florida Junior College Athletic Association championship as a sophomore to earn FJCAA all-state honors. He played his high school basketball at Miami Jackson High under coach Larry Hughes, averaging 20 points and 10 rebounds as a senior to earn all-region honors.
“I guess you'd say that the third time is the charm with Leon”, said Eagles fourth-year head coach Dave Balza. “We tried to get him out of high school and again out of junior college. When he called to tell us that it was about time he come to FGCU, we were more than happy to oblige.”
Woodstock, who is enrolled in classes at FGCU and pursuing a degree in criminal justice, was described by the staff at Troy as the most intense player on the roster. Balza expects him to contribute greatly to the Eagles frontcourt.
“He's a solid person on and off the floor,” said Balza, whose teams have won at least 20 games in each of the past three seasons. “He is a tremendous defender, which fits well with what we like to do, and on top of all of that, he's a winner."
FGCU, which led the nation in rebounding margin a year ago, earned a NCAA Division II tournament bid in its first season of post-season eligibility and finished the year 24-7.
Woodstock becomes the sixth newcomer to join a FGCU squad that lost eight seniors a year ago, joining senior transfer Brandon Dunbar, junior transfer Beau Bauer, sophomore transfers Adam Liddell and Roman Narmbaye, and freshman Carlos Matos.