Wednesday, Nov. 8, 2017 | 1:34 p.m.
Trey Woodbury is a no-frills kind of guy.
On Wednesday morning, the Clark senior and UNLV commit told his parents that he couldn’t wait to get his Signing Day ceremony over with, so he could move on and focus on the upcoming high school season.
But still, when the moment came and he put pen to paper, even Woodbury had to crack a smile.
Woodbury made it official on Wednesday morning, signing a letter of intent to UNLV. The 6-foot-4 guard will join the Rebels for the 2018-19 season, and to hear him tell it, he can’t wait to be part of the team.
“I’m excited,” Woodbury said. “I just want to go and give the fans and coaches and everybody in this city 100 percent and see what we can do.”
Woodbury averaged 14.1 points per game for Clark as a junior last season, and he’s rated as the No. 130 player in the Class of 2018 by Rivals.com. He committed to UNLV over the summer, making him the first local high school recruit to pledge to the Rebels since Marvin Menzies took over as head coach.
Trey’s father, Ben Woodbury, said Menzies and his staff worked hard to build a relationship with Trey.
“I can’t say enough about Marvin Menzies and his staff,” Ben Woodbury said. “They’ve treated us like family. They made it clear that they wanted him. They were there at every game he played during AAU season. They had three or four coaches at every game he played in. They were calling him and texting him at night even though he doesn’t respond a lot. Then one night during the summer he just kind of looked at us over the dinner table and said, ‘Marvin wants me there.’ That’s what really drove his decision.”
Woodbury will be joined in UNLV’s 2018 recruiting class by high-scoring California guard Bryce Hamilton. They should make for one of the Mountain West’s best incoming classes, and Woodbury believes the program is trending in the right direction.
Looking ahead, Woodbury is a believer in Menzies’ rebuilding plan and thinks the Rebels will be ready to compete from his first day on campus.
“I think [Menzies] came in there and I feel like he’s already turned it around in one year,” Woodbury said. “He’s putting a good team together. They’ve got all the bigs they need, and now with Bryce and me coming in, we’ve got a couple of guards. We’ll have all the pieces we need.”
Greg Foster chooses Gonzaga
Woodbury wasn’t the only Clark senior to sign on Wednesday. Newly-arrived guard Greg Foster also put pen to paper, inking a letter of intent to Gonzaga.
Foster, the son of former NBA player and current Milwaukee Bucks assistant Greg Foster Sr., only made up his mind a day earlier, verbally committing to Gonzaga on Tuesday after talking it over with Bulldogs head coach Mark Few.
On Wednesday, he signed his letter and made it official.
“I’m happy to get it done so I can focus on the season,” Foster said. “I really just made up my mind yesterday. I was having a hard time with the whole thing, but I had a couple really good talks with coach Few and that put things over the top for me.”