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Woolridge in the final hour

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The clock is ticking for Renaldo Woolridge. The 6-foot-8 wing from Harvard-Westlake in California is finished with his visits and a decision is on the horizon.
Woolridge, a top 60 prospect and one of the top uncommitted players, completed his visits last weekend when he tripped to Georgetown. He's already been to Tennessee and Southern Cal.
With all of the visits complete, Woolridge says he's almost ready to announce his decision.
"I thought all three visits were really positive," Woolridge said. "I think within the next week I'm going to make a decision. I've got three really good schools (to decide from)."
The four-star wing said he's currently weighing the positives and negatives with each program. The obvious draw to USC because of location has crossed his mind, Woolridge said.
"I've been to USC for a couple of unofficials. I got a chance to see their campus and their academic centers and the Galen Center. I had a chance to play with their players and that was really good," he said.
"I think there are a lot of advantages (with USC). I've grown up around it all my life and I know a lot of the players that go there already. The academics are good there. All of the schools have that."
Tennessee made an impression when he tripped to Knoxville a couple of weeks ago.
"Tennessee was really good. I got to see their fan support at the football and that was nice. Everyone was nice and really cool. Their academic support was nice and I liked what I saw in their teams," Woolridge said.
"They are losing a lot of players that can score there so there will be an opportunity for me to come in and play right away there and score. Plus, I could play a two-three position."
Georgetown's history and recent recruiting success has caught his attention.
"The legacy is there. That's really cool. The coaches are great and the academics are really good. The city of D.C. itself is a real historic place," Woolridge said. "With Georgetown, it would be such an honor to play at a school like that. I think that they are obviously very successful academically and the coaching history there would be good to play there.
"I've been thinking a lot about (who I could be playing with) lately simply because they landed Greg Monroe and we were out there together. I could see myself playing with him. He's a really good player, obviously, and a good person. When he committed, it was definitely a positive."
Woolridge was quick to point out that the other two teams in the race have talented players in place, too.
"USC has good players already. They have Daniel Hackett and some of the other players coming in like Demar Derozan," he said. "And, of course, Tennessee will always have players. All of the situations will be good because they will have good players at all times and they'll challenge you in practice."
Now the questions begin. Woolridge said he plans on spending some time alone with his thoughts over the next couple of days before reaching his decision.
"I'm really fortunate with all three situations and I don't think I can go wrong with any of the three schools that I'm looking at," Woolridge said. "They are really good schools and I can see myself playing at all three of them. That's why I need to find the one that can benefit me the best out of all of them. That's kind of tough. I'm going to step back and think about just that."
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