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Isaac Wooden turns life around at Albany State

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January 11, 2008

Albany - Who among us has not wanted a second chance.

Albany State forward Isaac Wooden never thought he would get a second chance at playing college basketball.

Rams head coach Chris Cameron gave Wooden a second chance and the former Westover High star has taken it and changed the course of his life 180 degrees.

For Albany State forward Isaac Wooden there is nothing like the feeling of playing college basketball.

Isaac Wooden saud "It is better than working in restaurants and stuff. "

After winning a state championship at Westover in 2001, Isaac Wooden went to play at Middle Georgia College but dropped out of school in his sophomore year.

Wooden said "Of course I wanted to get another opportunity but I didn't see it my future."

Albany State men's basketball coach Chris Cameron said "He just got into one of those situations where he got off track for a minute."

Isaac moved back to Albany where he delivered pizzas, unloaded delivery trucks and bussed tables.

He also played basketball in the city recreation league.

Wooden said "We won the championship like two years in a row."

Then Albany State assistant coach Chris Cameron was also playing in the city rec league and knew Isaac still had eligibility remaining.

Cameron said "I said man this is our opportunity and get him back to school and it works for both people."

And the move worked for the Albany State basketball team where Wooden's play in the post last season was big reason the Rams won the SIAC championship.

Cameron said "He also brought some leadership and some maturity to our team. That helped us down the stretch in the conference tournament to win the conference championship. We are looking forward to the same thing from him this year."

The real winner though is Isaac Wooden.

The former stock boy-pizza delivery man will graduate this year with a Health-Physical Education degree with plans to become a coach.

Isaac Wooden said "He really pointed me in the right direction. He changed me for the better."

Chris Cameron said "He will be graduating and moving forward with life. If he wants to, he will probably be working with us next year.

Isaac Wooden and Albany State host Fort Valley State on Sunday.

The women's game will start at 5:00 p.m. on Sunday.

The men's game will tip at 7:30 p.m. and will be televised on ESPN U.

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