That player is Scott Windom, who had an excellent high school career at Woodland and a very successful college career. He now hopes to use his skills to play professionally in one of Europe’s best leagues this upcoming season.
“I just got an agent and I’m just trying to go ahead and wait to see what the move is with him. We’ll see if he can get me over to Europe or not,” Windom said. “The last thing my agent told me is it could possibly be Italy or anything in the Euroleague. The top division is what we are trying to go for.”
Windom had an excellent college career. He played 22 games in two seasons for Des Moines Area Community College, scoring a conference-best 371 points while being named a Freshman All-American and a Preseason All-American selection his sophomore year. He then went on to play two years at the University of North Georgia where he was named to the Peach Belt All-Conference Team his junior year. That season he averaged 17.3 points per game and led the team in rebounding, pulling down 6.4 rebounds per game. Windom averaged 14.5 points and six rebounds his senior year while shooting over 50 percent from the field.
The 2007 Woodland graduate believes his former basketball coach, current Cartersville coach Mike Tobin, has had a major impact on his development as a player.
“Coach Tobin really brought it out of me. He was the kind of coach where he will take the players he had and he’ll make it work,” Windom said. “He was just the best coach I’ve played for. He pushed me to that next level. We still have a good relationship to this day.”
Windom was hoping his efforts would be good enough to get him a chance with an NBA team.
“I really wanted to go to the league, but you just got to take what comes to you at the time,” he said. “It just depends on how it goes over in Europe, whether I get in the states or not. I had some good college years, but it wasn’t enough to make it in the NBA. I’m trying to pursue my dream all the way through, though.”
With Windom, it is not the money or fame the NBA would bring that has him pursuing the dream.
“I look at basketball as a ministry, something I can use to get close to Christ,” Windom said. “Give God the glory. I just want to be a role model for people to look up to and to bring people closer to Christ. If it’s the Lord’s will for me to do greater things in it and use it as a foundation, that’s all I want to use it for.”