Woodruff makes history with commitment to Scots

Heritage High School senior Lucas Woodruff on Tuesday signed to continue his basketball career at Maryville College next season. With Woodruff at the high school are, seated, left to right, brother, Lance Woodruff; father, Paul Woodruff; Lucas Woodruff; mother, Glessia Woodruff; and grandmother Doris Glandon. Standing, left to right, are uncle Brant Hicks, aunt Jodi Hicks, Heritage assistant coach Justin Underwood, Mountaineer head coach Tony Hardin and Heritage athletics director Chip Fuller.

Heritage High School senior Lucas Woodruff on Tuesday signed to continue his basketball career at Maryville College next season. With Woodruff at the high school are, seated, left to right, brother, Lance Woodruff; father, Paul Woodruff; Lucas Woodruff; mother, Glessia Woodruff; and grandmother Doris Glandon. Standing, left to right, are uncle Brant Hicks, aunt Jodi Hicks, Heritage assistant coach Justin Underwood, Mountaineer head coach Tony Hardin and Heritage athletics director Chip Fuller.

Lucas Woodruff really turned it on his last two seasons at Heritage, raising his scoring average, rebounds, assists and steals per game in the process.

The end result was Woodruff making a commitment to continue his basketball career at Maryville College next season. When the Mountaineer shooting guard enrolls come fall, he’ll become the first member of his family to attend college.

Maryville’s strong academic had a lot to do with his decision, Woodruff said. The thing that cinched it, he said, was Scots coach Randy Lambert.

“He’s just a super guy,” Woodruff said. “He’s just one of those guys you can meet on the street and just talk to him.”

Woodruff pumped in 15.3 points game, adding 4.2 rebounds, 3.3 assists and 3.1 steals per contest, for the Mountaineers this season. An All-Blount County selection was also the recipient of his team’s top defender award.

“I really think Lucas will be a pleasant surprise,” Heritage coach Tony Hardin said. “He’ll go over there and really contribute.”

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