WHAT TO KNOW: Potential is the word to describe Keith, as he is a tall and athletic forward who has the athletic ability and the body to become one of the Pac-10's top forwards down the road with the proper work ethic. Is expected to help Ike Diogu on the blocks and in the lane with a year of experience behind him. Averaged 9.5 points and 20 minutes in a four-game stretch in late January.
FRESHMAN SEASON (2003-2004): A nine-game starter who had 12 points and seven boards vs. Oregon State on Jan. 24...season-high 13 points on 6-of-9 shooting in 25 minutes at USC on Jan. 17 in first start since Nov. 24...23-of-37 (.622) from the field in his final 13 games...one of four Sun Devil freshmen to start a season opener in the past 11 years, joining classmate Tron Smith (2003-04), Ike Diogu (2002-03) and Donnell Knight (1999-2000)...six points in 17 minutes vs. San Diego on Dec. 29...six points vs. McNeese State on Dec. 22...six points and six boards in 17 minutes in vs. Arkansas-Little Rock on Nov. 22.
FREE STATE HIGH SCHOOL: Finished senior year ranked No. 54 by Prep Stars in the March issue of Basketball Times...also ranked No. 89 in the final CBS SportsLine recruiting rankings, while Bob Gibbons ranked him at No. 83...listed as No. 92 in Athlon's top-100 college freshman in this year's preseason issue...one of 19 freshmen named "All-Midwest" by Street & Smith's in its 2003-2004 preseason issue and Clark Francis had him as the No. 29 power forward in Basketball Times...a top-50 player by HoopScoop...earned four letters while competing in the Sunflower League and was captain of the team for two years...an all-state pick for two seasons and an All-Sunflower League selection for three years...a top-100 pick for the McDonald's All-American game...averaged 19 points, eight rebounds and three assists in senior year, and set school records for rebounds, blocks and points in a season and career...posted 23 points and 22 rebounds in one game and had 31 points and 16 boards in another...averaged 18 points, 10 boards and three blocks in his junior season.
ETC: Born Sept. 29, 1985, in Wichita, Kan....likes to play chess...mother, Christy Lane, is a cosmetologist...has a younger sister, Elizabeth Lane.
Q & A With Keith Wooden My favorite Pac-10 road trip is...Los Angeles. My favorite Pac-10 restaurant is...Aunt Kizzy's. My toughest Pac-10 road trip is...Washington. The toughest adjustment to college basketball is...pace of the game. What our team will need to improve from last year...being physical and rebounding. The strongest player on the team is...Allen Morill. In practice, I hate to play against...nobody. The best part about this team will be...our love for the game. One word to describe Coach Evans...Treal (true and real). If I could have lunch with anyone, it would be...my mother. The most interesting thing I did this summer was...lift weights. Nobody knows how much I like to...play chess. If I was drafting a basketball dream team, the three players I would pick first are...Shaq, Kobe and Dwayne Wade. My favorite professional sports team is...Kansas City Chiefs. If I wasn't in basketball, I would...play football. If I could live anywhere, I would live in...all of them. The biggest influence on my career was...my stepdad. The game I am looking forward to the most this year is...all of them. Favorite course in college...Justice 105. My most disappointing loss was...all of them. My favorite sports figures is...Kevin Garnett. My favorite non-sports figure is...my mother. My favorite restaurant is...Gates BBQ. The best city I have been to is...Atlanta.