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UNC Basketball Insider: Seventh Woods

Inside Carolina compiled insider perspectives to create an exclusive player-by-player preview of North Carolina's 2016-17 season.

CHAPEL HILL, N.C. --- Seventh Woods has been a household name for those with Internet access for the better part of four years. His dunks and blocks as a 14-year-old morphed into a YouTube highlight reel that has churned out over 14.5 million views. This level of athleticism has been lacking among Tar Heel guards in recent years. Woods is arguably the only true combo guard on UNC’s roster, and that alone offers the promise of early playing time. His shot improved over the course of his high school days, and more important to Williams, Woods has proven that he’s a gamer.

DOSSIER

Woods wore No. 23 growing up for the reference to Genesis 2:3, which bears the origins of his first name.

Sidelined by several injuries in recent years: broken wrist in spring/summer 2014, knee bone bruise in senior season, sprained ankle in pickup ball at UNC a month ago.

Most explosive UNC recruit since Ty Lawson, according to Roy Williams

STAT WATCH

The obvious connection for Seventh Woods’s athleticism is his potential ability to thrive in Roy Williams’s preferred high tempo offense. But Woods’s potential might be at its highest on defense, and it’s perhaps the area where he can make the biggest impact as a freshman. Williams recruited and watched Woods for four years, and in doing so saw countless Woods steals – whether from on-ball defense, jumping passing lanes, or soaring to intercept long passes in the open court. Woods averaged four steals per game during his five-year (yes, five) career at Hammond School, including a senior-season high of 10 in a game against Brookland-Cayce HS.

SCOUTING INSIDER

by Rob Harrington

Who is the last player to arrive at Carolina with Woods’s athletic ability? There’s no clear answer to that question, but you at least arguably have to go back to Vince Carter. Suffice it to say, then, fans are eager to observe Woods in transition. And that’s where he’s likely to have his best success as a freshman, getting into the open court and relying on his natural gifts. He projects to back up more experienced guards this season, giving the team a shot of speed and energy when he does play. As a sophomore he could challenge to start at point guard, pending Joel Berry’s NBA decision next spring.

ACC INSIDER

by ACC Coaches

“He’s a freak of freaks athletically, and is as quick as can be. Don’t know how skilled he is or how good of a shooter he is so I think teams will play off of him and he can be the guy where teams help plug off of and help off of until he proves he can shoot the ball consistently from three.”

“Kind of a log jam behind the two guards in Britt and Berry and I’d guess then they would play Pinson at the ‘2’ so I wouldn’t expect Woods to play that many minutes. I think that he has the ability to, with his athleticism, come in and create havoc a little bit with his dribble penetration. Will probably take a little while to get used to college basketball and the system and the rigors of being able to play on the defensive end and running a team.”

HIGH SCHOOL INSIDER

by Mark McClam, Hammond School

He’ll go down as one of the best high school basketball players in the state of South Carolina. He led our program from the ashes to a full month in the national rankings during his senior season. For three or four years in a row, everyone had Hammond circled when we came into town, which also meant everyone wanted a piece of Seventh Woods. He handled it with grace, took all the adversity and notoriety of being a national phenomenon at an early age and still stayed true to who he is.

I think some injuries this summer have put him a little behind. To play a lot as a freshman, I think he’ll have to do what Roy Williams recruited him for… play at a high speed off their break. His ability to push the ball and do it under control, while defending the way he can, will be what he excels at this year.


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