CHARLOTTE, N.C. – Seventh Woods and Dennis Smith Jr. have a great relationship. The class of 2016 guards played on the same AAU team as middle schoolers and often find time to hang out away from basketball.
So, when Smith Jr. called Woods and asked if he wanted to join him on a trip to UNC to play pickup at the Smith Center two weeks ago, the answer was “yes.”
It was Woods’s third unofficial visit to UNC since last fall.
“Me and Dennis are pretty tight, we’re like brothers to be honest with you,” said Woods, who lives in Columbia, S.C. while Smith is in Fayetteville, N.C.. “He hit me up and said he was going there and wanted me to come, so we just met up there.”
The super athletic duo found themselves matched up against a potential All-American in UNC senior Marcus Paige and battle tested floor generals like Joel Berry and Nate Britt. Woods felt he and Smith held their own against college players.
“There wasn’t a lot of talk, it was just go out there and have fun,” he said. “Guarding college guards helped me learn a lot. The toughest to guard was Marcus Paige. But, I matched up pretty well against him. I think we preformed pretty well.”
Though Roy Williams wasn’t able to watch the pickup game because of NCAA rules, he does speak with Woods regularly.
“He’s a great coach and a great person too,” Woods said of Williams. “He just tells me that I fit great into his offense and he wants me in his program.”
Fully healthy this summer, Woods can take part in events he missed in 2014, like the Stephen Curry Select camp. He also was picked to participate in Under Armour’s Inaugural All-American Camp this week.
Taking part in these types of specialized instruction camps, Woods hopes, will help accelerate his growth as a point guard. It's the position he's worked hard to improve at, and the position he feels is most natural.
“My biggest thing was just being vocal,” said Woods. “Being a leader ... I’ve improved that a lot to be honest with you. I’ve got the same trainer I started with like four or five years ago. Really, we just work on repetitions, just getting up shots really. (Defense) is something I take pride in. It’s all heart.”
Despite the recent return visit to UNC, Woods isn’t looking to make a decision anytime soon.
He said “I have no idea,” when asked about his timetable. He mentioned North Carolina, South Carolina, Kansas, Louisville, Florida and Georgetown as schools on his list and showing interest.
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