Former Columbus star Robert Woodard II drafted No. 40 overall in 2020 NBA Draft by Sacramento Kings

Robert Woodard II, who starred at Columbus High School and Mississippi State, was drafted by the Sacramento Kings in the second round of the 2020 NBA Draft on Wednesday.

Woodard II, who was selected with the No. 40 overall pick, was projected by several mock draft to be a first round pick.  A 6-foot-7 forward, Woodard II led Columbus to two 6A MHSAA state championships and was named the Mississippi Gatorade Player of the year after his junior (2017) and senior (2018) seasons.

He played two seasons at Mississippi State, averaging 11.4 points and 6.5 rebounds as a sophomore last season. His father, Robert Woodard Sr., is the leading scorer in Mississippi high school basketball history with 4,274 points.

Here’s what the draft analysts said about Woodard II:

Jonathan Givony, ESPN:

  • Has prototypical dimensions for a modern forward at 6-foot-7, 230 pounds, with a 7-foot-1 wingspan. Powerful leaper.
  • Versatile defender who guards positions 1-4. Active and attentive off the ball. Smothers opposing ball handlers with his length. Should be able to switch onto big men in time.

  • Switching to guard multiple positions, he allowed 0.67 points per one-on-one possession as he flashed appealing versatility as an individual defender, even if he is still learning how to make the most of his tools off the ball consistently.   

(Feature photo by Keith Warren)

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