Woods Creating Buzz

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. – There was considerable buzz about Seventh Woods at the USA Basketball Mini-Camp this past weekend.

Most of it focused on two things: his indescribable athleticism and his natural position fit both in high school and in college.

Woods, a 6-2 sophomore guard from Hammond (S.C.) Columbia, shined for portions of the four sessions at camp. His jump shot, while still a work in progress, looked improved. His feel for when to pass, what is the right pass, when to shoot and when to attack the basket has matured. His athleticism has grown from an asset to an unstoppable force.

And, despite this being his second USA camp, he's still the youngest player on the 46-man roster.

"I've learned a lot from watching my peers as point guards," Woods said. "The coaches here, they're teaching me a lot of stuff. I'm just trying to get better."

Woods worked out exclusively with the point guard group and was the lead man for every minute he was on the court. While others may doubt what he is or what he aspires to be, Woods has no doubts.

"I consider myself a point guard," he explained. "That's what I've been and what I want to play in college.

Scouts in the gym pointed to Woods's natural feel for the game and streaky shooting as a couple of the reasons he may be better suited as combo guard in college.

"Over the summer, I've been working on everything," he said. "I've gotten way better as a leader. I just have to prove them wrong."

There's no better place for Woods to hone his point guard skills than USA camp. He regularly faced off with Tyus Jones, the No. 2 ranked point guard in the class of 2014 and Derryck Thorton Jr. and Kobi Simmons, the No. 1- and No. 2-ranked point guards in the class of 2016.

"The competition here has been great," he said. We just have to make sure we get better, so we push each other's defensive intensity and tried scoring on each other the best we could."

Woods refrains from discussing his recruitment, leaving details like who's come to Columbia for evaluation periods, who's offered and who's making him a priority for his parents and coaches to sort through.

UNC head coach Roy Williams has visited Columbia twice this year, once in the spring, once in the fall and watched Woods during the July evaluation periods on the AAU circuit.

Inside Carolina did confirm that Woods doesn't yet have a UNC scholarship offer. Despite the lack of an offer, it's clear the UNC staff has prioritized Woods in its recruitment of the class 2016. And the interest seems mutual. Woods once called North Carolina his "dream school" and he grew up rooting for South Carolina and the Tar Heels.

When asked if he thought a UNC offer was coming, Woods said "hopefully."

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