Been a long time coming, but Seventh Woods is officially a Gamecock.
Woods made the news officially official on his Instagram page this morning, posting a Boomerang of his Carolina Card and other orientation materials.
A highly regarded recruiting coming out of high school, Woods didn’t make the impact many thought he would at UNC.
His best year in Chapel Hill came this past season, when he averaged just 2.5 PPG, 1 RPG and 2.1 APG.
So the question stands: what exactly are the Gamecocks getting from the local product?
In limited action, Woods showed a willingness to get in defenders faces and make scoring very difficult.
We all know the style of basketball Frank Martin wants to play: slow the game down, play tough defense and grind out wins.
Woods isn’t EXACTLY his prototype guy and still won’t be their best defender.
However, the fact he’s shown before he’s willing to put his face in the fan and play defense has to be a welcoming site to Frank Martin.
Just take a look at the video above and tell me you don’t see a guy who is athletic.
While the numbers didn’t pan out for Woods at UNC, there is no lack of talent. Simply put: this kid has the physical tools to get it done.
Quickness, agility and a high basketball IQ are all things that Woods possesses and Martin will look to pull out of him from the moment he steps on campus.
Personally, I don’t think there are many guys on USC’s current roster that have the pure athletic ability this kid has.
The points per game never showed it, but Woods is a high quality shooter as well.
In limited action, Woods shot 41.9% from the field last season, including 40% from three-point range.
He’ll need to improve from the charity stripe, where he shot just 64.3% overall.
Still, this is a guy that you have to believe hasn’t hit his full potential yet when it comes to being a scorer of the basketball.
Yes, there are a LOT of people who will say that Woods should have never left Columbia.
However, I think fans should be happy to get this kid either way. Even with the lackluster numbers, a change of scenery may be just what Woods needs to get to the elite level most were expecting.
Woods will enroll as a walk-on and have two years to play one for the Gamecocks. I’m expecting Frank Martin to really push this kid hard to get the best out of him he has to offer.
Only time will tell if Woods can be the guy in garnet and black most fans envisioned he would as a star prep player.