There was a lot of hoopla when Seventh Woods arrived early on the scene a couple of years ago. Woods, a 6’2” shooting guard from Columbia, South Carolina (Hammond School), instantly became a mix-tape legend as a middle schooler with his jaw-dropping athleticism and dunking ability. His clips are still widely viewed on YouTube.
Well, just a few years later, Woods is still wowing scouts and onlookers alike. He is certainly a high-major recruit. It’s not just Woods’ scintillating athleticism that has people impressed. He has really begun to evolve into a complete player on the Under Armour Association circuit.
When I caught up with Woods, he says a lot of work still needs to be done this summer, though, to become a complete player.
“My basic goal is to prove my worth,” sad Woods. “I want to learn how to catch and shoot (better) and get more comfortable (with that).”
After last week’s third session of games in Ardsley, New York, Woods now ranks 9th on the circuit in scoring average (16.9 points per game). His high of 31 points in one game ranks fifth best this season on the UAA circuit. He also is fourth in total assists (39) as well as fifth in assists per game (3.5). Not to mention he ranks 7th (finally, his namesake number!) in steals (22) and sixth in steals per game (2.2).
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Although his Carolina Wolves’ team did not fare well this summer (finishing just 1-11), Woods, has been impressive individually.
Woods uses his tremendous speed and quickness to his advantage. He has a fantastic first step that stops defenders cold in their tracks, and then he’ll burst to the hoop before you know it. Woods has nice handles and he’s definitely not timid in attacking the hoop and drawing contact. He can distribute the ball effectively, too, although he is better with the ball in his hands attacking the basket. On top of all that, Woods also owns a nice stroke form the perimeter.
So, he has everything working at the moment.
Not satisfied with status quo, Woods thinks he has things to work on.
“I think I’m doing well, but I need to be a better ball handler,” admitted Woods on things he needs to improve on, especially when it comes to playing on the next level.
When it comes to recruiting, Woods says that he is open.
“I’m wide open to anyone right now,” said Woods.
Although he says that, most people have him favoring North Carolina and South Carolina (with Florida showing strong interest too, as Adam Zagoria at ZagsBlog reports). He also has an offer from Clemson.