Zikiteran Woodley was ready for Wednesday’s signing-day celebration in the Pelican All Saints School library.
After leading the Jaguars to back-to-back Class C state championships and earning multiple state and local awards, including two straight Times All-Area MVP and championship game MVP honors, Woodley is ready to be a Northwestern State Demon.
“It feels awesome,” said Woodley, who signed to play for Northwestern State coach Mike McConathy while family members, friends and Pelican coaches watched. “I’m thankful for the opportunity to get a scholarship there. It was fun to play here for Pelican. I have a lot of good memories here. I’m thankful for coach (Ricky) Simmons being a great coach and helping me grow.”
Woodley means a lot to the Pelican community. The school is closing its doors after this school year, but Woodley helped deliver two titles. The Jaguars are going out on top.
“Zeek is the most decorated player in this area since a guy named Tony Cutright at Zwolle back in the 90s,” Simmons said. “I’ve never coached anyone like him before. Winning state championships have been extremely position for our area in a really, really sad time.”
Pelican girls coach Cleve Craig read a statement from McConathy, which listed Woodley’s many accomplishments.
“We are so excited to sign one of the top players in the state, who also happens to be right in our back yard,” McConathy said through the emailed statement. “He is a proven winner, and even with all of his accomplishments, his best basketball is still ahead of him. Zeek is an all-purpose player who can play any position on the floor. Offensively, he is very explosive and can score in many ways. His quickness, leaping ability, rebounding skills are a perfect fit for our defensive style of play.”
Simmons expects Woodley to rise to the high expectations that will greet him in Natchitoches.
“When he gets there and plays with some really good players like Jalen West, he’s going to be in situations where people can’t just key on him,” Simmons said. “He’s going to be good.”
Woodley is ready to be on the court again.
“I’m ready to play for Northwestern State,” he said. “I know I’m going to have a pretty good chance to play early. I’m just going to bring a lot of energy.”