COLUMBIA, S.C. --- No senior guard received more attention from Roy Williams than Seventh Woods.
Williams and the Tar Heels’ dogged persistence over the last three years paid off when Woods, a 6-2 high-flying standout at Columbia (S.C.) Hammond, announced his commitment on Wednesday morning at a school ceremony.
"I have thought about this long and hard, but I have decided to attend the University of North Carolina," said Woods.
"They've believed in me since eighth grade," he said, adding that it's where he feels he fits best.
Woods is Scout.com's No. 34 overall player in the class of 2016. He chose UNC over Georgetown and South Carolina.
Woods long held the Tar Heels in high regard. He’s visited Chapel Hill at least once every year since 2011.
What are the Tar Heels getting with Woods?
"Woods is one of the most explosive leapers in the country, regardless of class,” said Inside Carolina recruiting analyst Rob Harrington. “He prefers to go off one foot and, when he's able to time his jump, finishes in spectacular fashion. Few players enjoy the sort of YouTube following he already has accumulated, and beyond that he continues to improve his skill. That aspect of his game remains a work in progress, but clearly has won the trust of Roy Williams.”
During his official visit last month, Williams provided Woods with a glimpse of his future role at UNC.
“He told me that he wants me to play point guard and some combo, but he said there would be two or three guards on the floor so it’s wherever I fit best,” Woods said.
“I can play the point guard, I can play off the ball too,” he continued. “There are times when I’d probably prefer playing off the ball, like if I’ve been running all game, playing off the ball will help me if I’m tired and need to catch my breath a little bit.”
Woods joins center Tony Bradley and wing Brandon Robinson as UNC’s class of 2016 commitments.
With Jalek Felton already committed in the class of 2017, North Carolina has secured commitments from South Carolina’s top senior and junior.