Tuesday, November 20, 2012

Royce Woolridge frustrated after getting blown out by ‘friends’

Kansas center Jeff Withey fist bumps his former teammate Royce Woolridge before tipoff of the CBE Classic, Monday, Nov. 19, 2012 at the Sprint Center in Kansas City, Missouri.

Kansas center Jeff Withey fist bumps his former teammate Royce Woolridge before tipoff of the CBE Classic, Monday, Nov. 19, 2012 at the Sprint Center in Kansas City, Missouri.


— Washington State guard Royce Woolridge, who transferred after playing one year at Kansas University, said he didn’t have to work hard to convince his Cougars teammates they were facing a good team.

“It’s obvious. It’s Kansas. They’re always a really good school,” Woolridge said in a Sprint Center hallway outside the locker room following WSU’s 78-41 loss to KU on Monday night.

Just after answering, Woolridge looked up, saying hello to KU staff member Brennan Bechard and shaking hands with KU assistant coach Joe Dooley as they passed by on their way to the team bus.

Woolridge, who played a team-high 33 minutes, finished with five points on 2-for-6 shooting with one assist and five turnovers.

Wearing a black backpack with white headphones around his neck, Woolridge couldn’t hide his disappointment following the rout.

“I know we weren’t expected to win or anything, but to get blown out by 40 ... that hurts,” Woolridge said. “It doesn’t matter if it’s Kansas or anybody else. Just losing by a lot, it’s going to hurt definitely.”

The 6-foot-3 Woolridge did have one standout play, swishing a three-pointer with 10:31 left in the first half over KU guard Elijah Johnson.

“I should have hit a couple more,” Woolridge said, “but it happens.”

The Phoenix native met up with quite a few of his former KU teammates before the game. That included Johnson, who wished him good luck before asking him if he was ready to go.

Woolridge made sure to tell him that he was.

“Those are my friends,” Woolridge said. “I miss them, so it was definitely good to see them and talk to them.”

The sophomore admitted that he had looked forward to Monday’s game for a while, even if it didn’t turn out as he had hoped.

“Kansas came, and they played well,” Woolridge said. “There’s not really much I can say. I wanted to play (better), but their scout was really good. They knew where we were going and what we were doing.

“It was just hard to make things happen for all of us.”


ironhead80 1 year, 5 months ago

Look like to me Royce lost some muscle mass since he left KU. When he came to KU, he had some pipes.


kranny 1 year, 5 months ago

Agree that Bate's "being given a broken nose, with one of Thomas Robinson's patented fore arm smashes delivered by any one of our big guys on a drive by Royce post was over the top. I surely hope that similar comments or hopes aren't shared with the kids or grandkids or any kids. Rise above such notions.


iamakufan 1 year, 5 months ago

I with those wishing Woolrdige good luck in his future and I hope he excels at Washington State. When he left, he did so on good terms. He didn't blast the coaches, team, school, town, or anything. He left for a legitimate reason. Any kid who sees professional basketball may not be in his future likely wants to maximize his remaining playing time. Instead of pouting over playing time, he got up and went after it. Good luck to Royce. He's a class guy.


Joe Ross 1 year, 5 months ago

Reminds me of fantasy football, where in the real world you have a team that faces a player on your fantasy team. You root for the player to do well, but for your own team to win. Id have been cool with Royce dropping 41 all by himself if the final score stayed the same. Of course if he could drop it like that Kansas would still have him on the roster.


Jeremy Bolinger 1 year, 5 months ago

Sad thing is he could've really helped our guard play over the last 2 seasons. Oh well Royce. You're either with us, or you're going to get smoked by us.


jaybate 1 year, 5 months ago

Glad KU put the wood to them and handcuffed Royce.

Now, I'm cool with Royce rallying back and WSU winning its league.


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