The evolution of Renaldo Woolridge is coming full circle. The 6-foot-7 forward from California's Harvard-Westlake showed off his versatile game over the summer and now he's looking at five high-major programs from coast to coast.
The top 60 prospect maximized his summer experience and shined at the NBPA Top 100 and the Rbk U camps with his versatile player and strong scoring touch both inside and out.
"I think at NBA camp, it was kind of tough because we had a lot of scorers on the team so I had to play a lot down low and be a rebounder. Then in July at Reebok camp, I had a chance to show more on the perimeter. I was really feeling my three-point shot. That was working there," Woolridge said. "Then at the Reebok tournament that we won, I guess being a part of a winning team, I showed that I could do whatever it takes to help a team win. We had a lot of players that can score. I had to do the intangibles."
His summer experience also sparked his recruitment. Woolridge picked up new offers from a number of impressive programs and with some time to recoup from a long travel period, the four-star prospect said he has taken the next step in his recruitment.
"I sat down with my coaches and my mom and all through the summer we were taking information from schools and we were able to narrow it down to a final five schools," he said. "It was really hard because I had a lot of interest from a lot of schools and was recruited by a lot of great coaches that were recruiting me for a while. It was trying to find a right fit for me."
The final five include Georgetown, Tennessee, Southern Cal, Marquette and Illinois. All five have offered, he says.
Woolridge said he will visit Georgetown for the Hoyas' Midnight Madness activities. Tennessee is also in October. Woolridge has been to Southern Cal before unofficially. He has yet to visit Illinois and Marquette.
"I'm hoping to visit all five. I know it's tough to do that but I want to give all of them a chance. I want to get to know all of them a little better before I make a final decision," Woolridge said. "I'm trying to see what fits for me. I want to sign in November and I'll commit before then. If something jumps out at me, then I'll probably commit. But right now I'm just looking for that. I want to focus on my senior season so I want to look at everything now and make an educated decision."
A trio of schools have made an impression before the visits begin, he said.
"I'd probably say my top three are USC, Georgetown and Tennessee," Woolridge said. "I probably know the most about them and they are probably sticking out the most to me. But like I said, I want to look at all five and find the best fit for meâ€¦If something really, really jumps out at me, it will be tough not to commit. At the same time, I'm trying to give everybody the same chance."