DRAFT TRADE: Traded to Sacramento Kings (along with a 2022 second-round pick) in exchange for Xavier Tillman (No. 35 pick)
About Robert Woodard II
Robert Woodard II is a long forward with good athleticism, promising playmaking ability on the defensive end, and budding consistency as a floor spacer. Emerging as a prospect early in his career, Woodard averaged 5.6 points and 3.8 rebounds per game at the 2015 FIBA U16 Americas Championship. Widely regarded as one of the top-50 prospects in the high school class of 2018 following his senior year at Columbus High School (MS), Woodard stayed in state to play for Ben Howland at Mississippi State.
Averaging 5.7 points and 4.2 rebounds per game as a freshman carving out a reserve role for the Bulldogs, Woodard showed significant improvement as a sophomore scoring 11.4 points and putting down 6.5 rebounds per game while displaying intriguing two-way potential.
- A lanky 6-foot-7 wing with a strong 230-pound frame and a terrific 7-foot-1 wingspan, Woodard has excellent physical tools for a forward. He is also a powerful athlete with enough agility to slide on the perimeter defensively.
- Playing a significant role off the ball for the Bulldogs, Woodard emerged as a capable floor spacer in his second collegiate season, but did much of his best work at the rim where his athleticism helped him make an impact filling lanes in transition, crashing the offensive glass, and finishing lobs.
- Having some impressive moments contesting shots, switching onto guards, and blocking shots, Woodard checks a lot of boxes defensively. His combination of strength, length, and mobility made him a difference maker at the college level.
- Possessing the length to challenge shots and be a factor in the passing lanes, the strength to put a body on bigger players inside, and the agility to step out and guard on the perimeter, Woodard flashed intriguing defensive ability last season.
- Switching to guard multiple positions, he allowed 0.67 points per one-on-one possession as he flashed appealing versatility as an individual defender, even if he is still learning how to make the most of his tools off the ball consistently.
- Ranked 12th in the SEC in rebounding (6.5 rpg) as a sophomore in 2019-20.
- One of three players in the Power 5 conferences to average 10.0 points, 6.0 rebounds, 1.0 assists, 1.0 steal and 1.0 block in 2019- 20, joining Colorado’s Tyler Bey and Michigan’s Jon Teske.
- One of five SEC players to have at least 20 points and 15 rebounds in a game in 2019-20.
- Averaged 11.4 points, 6.5 rebounds, 1.13 steals and 1.03 blocks.
- Shot 49.5 percent from the field.
- Posted career highs of 21 points and 16 rebounds against New Orleans (Nov. 17).
- Top scoring efforts also included 18 points at Texas A&M (Feb. 22) and three 17-point outings, against No. 17 Villanova (Nov. 22), Radford (Dec. 18) and Georgia (Jan. 18). • Scored 15 points at No. 15 Kentucky (Feb. 4).
- Elite physical profile for a modern forward.
- Versatile defender with exceptional length.
- Capable and improving three-point shooter.
- Brings consistent energy at both ends.
- Father, Robert Woodard Sr., played at Mississippi State from 1987-90, and is the leading scorer in Mississippi high school basketball history with 4,274 points.
- In high school, was a member of the National Junior Honor Society and was named Principal Student of the Year twice in a row.
“His body is so ripped. I’ve never had a player in 37 years as a coach that has this body. He’s like a Greek figure.”
-Mississippi State coach Ben Howland