Willis Woodruff
Willis Woodruff
Willis Woodruff becomes the seventh individual associated with the men's basketball program to be inducted into the USC Upstate Athletics Hall of Fame, the most of any program at the University other than men's soccer. Woodruff was the leader of the team, having played for four seasons from 1987-91. He and his teammates combined for a 92-26 (.780) record under USC Upstate Athletics Hall of Fame member and coach Jerry Waters. In 1989-90, Woodruff, along with fellow teammate and standout Willie Murdaugh, led the then-Rifles to a 29-3 record and the NAIA District Six Championship. The 29-3 mark is the best single-season team record in school history and stands as a .906 winning percentage. The following season, the University's first as a member of NCAA Division II and the Peach Belt Conference, Woodruff again led the squad to tremendous success, claiming the program's second-best record with a 26-3 mark on the year, a Peach Belt Conference Championship, and an appearance in the NCAA Division II Tournament. Along the way, Woodruff was selected to the All-Conference Team for the 1990-91 season and was an All-District Six selection during the program's years in NAIA. He also left his mark on the career record book at the school. Woodruff's name appears nine times on USC Upstate's all-time career statistical list. He ranks eighth in scoring with 1,392 points, one of just 12 players to ever reach the 1,000-point plateau in the storied history of the program. In addition to his scoring accomplishments, Woodruff ranks fifth all-time with 400 assists, fifth with 66 blocked shots, sixth with 117 games played, sixth with 504 made field goals, seventh with 947 field goal attempts, seventh with 291 made free throws, seventh with 153 steals, and 10th with 93 made three-pointers. Woodruff's name appears twice on the University's all-time single-season lists. He blocked 27 shots during the 1990-91 season, the sixth-best single-season effort in school history. His 24 blocks in 1989-90 established the eighth-highest mark at the University. Woodruff's four blocks against Francis Marion in both 1989-90 and 1990-91 stand as the third-highest single-game effort in school history. While Woodruff was a natural scorer averaging 11.9 points per game, he also was unselfish and led the team in assists with 2.1 assists per game in during his sophomore season in 1988-89. Currently, Woodruff lives in Spartanburg and works for Federal Express as a courier and is a father with one child.

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