Penn State's latest men's basketball recruit a major force in paint for strong Camden team

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TaQuan Woodley

A force in the paint for the Camden boys' basketball team last season, junior TaQuan Woodley, committed to Penn State on Monday night.

The 6-foot-7, 235-pound forward announced his decision via Twitter.

“I chose Penn State first based off the relationship I gained with the coaching staff. They’re a great group of guys,” Woodley said via text message. "When I first went on a visit, I was like ‘this is where I want to go.’ I felt a good vibe. I also chose Penn State because their academic numbers are high and there’s always life after basketball.

“I feel great about the decision. A lot of people are saying it’s early, but to me the time is just right.”

Woodley played a key role in helping the Panthers win the South Jersey Group 2 championship and finish 29-1 overall. He dominated the boards and led the team in blocked shots. According to 24/7 Sports, Woodley also held offers from Rutgers, South Carolina, Temple and La Salle.

"First and foremost, TaQuan has made a tremendous jump in terms of his attitude and approach to the game," Camden coach Rick Brunson said. "I spoke to the Penn State coach once and don't know what his program is like, but what I try to teach to my guys is what college is going to be about; how hard you have to work, how academically prepared you have to be, to be the best in the classroom. That's the message I put on the table for all of our guys that could play college basketball at some point."