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Sean Woods talks about Silver Anniversary team honor

MOREHEAD, Ky. -- Morehead State Head Men’s Basketball Coach Sean Woods was recognized last week as a member of the Indiana Basketball Hall of Fame’s 2013 Silver Anniversary Team.

Woods, who played at Cathedral High School in Indianapolis and the University of Kentucky, was one of 18 individuals on this year’s team. The celebration took place at Primo Banquet Hall in Indy.

Woods was tabbed to the prestigious Indiana All-Star Team after averaging 18 points as a senior in 1988. During his career, he earned all-state accolades twice and all-city honors on three occasions.

Woods recently visited with MSUEagles.com about the honor and his experience:

Q: You continue to be recognized as one of the best Indiana high school basketball players from 1988. How does that feel 25 years later?
A: There was lots of talent across the state of Indiana during the late 1980s, and I feel very fortunate to be part of the prestigious list. The majority of the individuals on this team had very successful college careers, and a few of them even played professionally.

Q: You’ve received lots of correspondence from people since this original announcement was made. How humbling has that been to you?
A: I really appreciate all of the support over the past three months. It’s been nice to field so many phone calls, text messages and e-mails from caring people. I’ve also had several people on campus congratulate me in person, which has been nice.

Q: We understand several family members and friends attended the banquet with you. Is it fair to say that made the event more enjoyable?
A: It sure did. There were at least 25 of us there. It was great to be surrounded by my wife, two kids, several other family members and a few good friends. The Indiana Basketball Hall of Fame put on a terrific event in Indianapolis. We all enjoyed it.

Q: Indiana has a reputation for being a basketball state, with lots of talent at the high school level. What are your thoughts on that topic?
A: There’s no doubt about it. I certainly appreciate and respect basketball in Kentucky, but am proud to be a very small part of the history in Indiana. There’s a really long list of outstanding players and coaches who have come from the Hoosier state.

Q: When you think about your days at Cathedral High School, what comes to mind?
A: Cathedral is terrific, both academically and athletically. My high school experience gave me a foundation for who I have become, both personally and professionally. Cathedral not only produces people who move on to college and professional sports, but its alumni list includes a countless number of individuals who are successful in other walks of life.

Q: Are you still involved with Cathedral and the city of Indianapolis to this day?
A: I still have family in Indy, so it’s always fun to go home and see those individuals. In terms of Cathedral, it’s been tough with me coaching college basketball all over the country. I am still in touch with some of my high school classmates, which is fun. I also enjoy hearing all of the success stories at my alma mater, whether that’s basketball or something else.

Woods wrapped up his first season with the Eagles in early March. Visit MSUEagles.com for more information on Morehead State men’s basketball.


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