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Edina’s Sharp-Shooter Graham: A Natural, And A Big Ten Recruit

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EDINA, Minn. (WCCO) – Edina basketball star Graham Woodward is a joy to watch.

He’s the Hornet’s all-time leading scorer, and set a single-game record by scoring 46 points against St. Louis Park last week.

Watch him practice, and you can see he’s at home, almost at peace — and it’s been that way since he was a kid.

“As far as a basketball kid, he’s a kid who’s always in the gym,” coach Pat Dorsey said. “He’s the hardest working kid on the team.”

Watch him play in a game, and you can see how special his feel for the game is.

How else do you explain no-look reverse lay-ups? Maybe it’s his parents, and where they come from.

“For me, my parents are from Indiana — that’s kind of the state of basketball,” Woodward said. “They instilled it in me at a young age. Watching the movie ‘Hoosiers’ when I was younger, it’s really given me the basketball mentality all throughout my childhood.”

He makes the difficult look easy, and at barely 6 feet tall, he has a little bit of a chip.

“It’s been kind of difficult sometimes, but I’ve always tried to prove people wrong and work as hard as I can,” he said.

It’s all thanks to the hours when no one is watching — where he gets into his zone.

“All the distractions, and things around me, go away,” he said.

Next year he’s got a Big Ten scholarship to Penn State.

“It was the coaching staff for me that sold it, as well as getting out there – the atmosphere, the campus, and the Big Ten,” he said.

He’s impressed his high school coach by being much more than a basketball player.

“He is a phenomenal kid,” Dorsey said. “He’s an A student, and he’s well-liked by his classmates.”

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