Back in March, when Danny Manning was named the 29th head basketball coach of the Tulsa Golden Hurricane, I’m sure the school was proud to be able to brag about the new face of the basketball program. Manning is one of the most outstanding players in the history of college basketball.
He is a Collegiate Basketball Hall of Famer and Kansas Jayhawks all-time leading scorer and rebounder. Over the last few years, he was also earning a reputation as a great coach of big men. As a Kansas assistant coach, he instructed 11 NBA draft picks, including eight first round selections and five lottery picks.
Now the school has two faces of the program to brag about.
Guard James Woodard has been named to his third C-USA Freshman of the Week honor.
He averaged 16.5 points, 8.0 rebounds, 3.0 assists and 2.0 steals in two games last week.
A native of Edmond, Okla., Woodard totaled 33 points and 16 rebounds to lead the Golden Hurricane to a 1-1 record last week, including a win over crosstown rival Oral Roberts Golden Eagles on Saturday.
In the game at Oral Roberts, Woodard scored all 18 points in the second half to lead Tulsa to the comeback win after trailing by 17 points in the second half. He hit a three-pointer that gave the Hurricane its first lead with 4:40 left, and later clinched the victory by making free throws in the final seconds.
Wednesday at No. 13 Creighton Bluejays, Woodard recorded his third double-double with 15 points and 10 rebounds, with four steals.
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