Prior to this season, Seventh Woods struggled with injury after injury. It was pretty obvious that it was affecting his play quite a bit, especially during his freshman season when he couldn’t seem to get vertical enough to throw down a dunk.
This year, however, we’ve seen a lot of nice things from Woods. It all started with that insane dunk that he had while the Heels were in the Bahamas, and he has made plenty of nice contributions since then. Well, tonight he made enough of said contributions for us to select him as our Player of the Game.
To be perfectly honest, this was a tough decision. Luke Maye quietly had 15 points, 8 rebounds, and 2 assists, and was perhaps every bit of deserving of the honor. However, Seventh Woods did a lot of things that show that there is a lot of promise at the point guard position, and that the only issue that Roy Williams is going to have this year is making sure that the right guy is in the game at the right time. In fact, this may be one of the the more productive point guard rotations that we’ve seen in a while. Think about it: UNC won the national championship with a backcourt of Joel Berry II and Nate Britt. No disrespect to Nate whatsoever, but Woods filled up the stats sheet in a way that I rarely saw from him.
Seventh Woods finished the game with 7 points, 2 rebounds, 8 assists, and zero turnovers. It quite possibly was his best game in a Tar Heel uniform ever, as he looked every bit of in command that you would expect from an upperclassman point guard. He was vocal on the court, he seemed to always know where to pass the ball, and he was a dog on defense. Oh, and can we please talk about that amazing behind-the-back pass that he threw to Cameron Johnson? Seriously, I just about fell out of my chair. It was pretty incredible.
Woods showing that he is a healthy, capable point guard tells me two things about this UNC team. The first thing is kind of obvious at this point, but Woods’ abilities as a point guard were overshadowed by his highlight reel prior to committing to UNC. The truth is, Seventh Woods could easily be the starter for UNC. That, however, brings me to the second thing: Roy Williams is blessed at that position right now. Having Coby White, Seventh Woods, and Leaky Black able to run the point is something that I’m sure a lot of coaches will find themselves wanting to take any day of the week by the time we get into the new calendar year. It’s exciting, but also all three have their faults. We’ll see if one can truly stand out before March.
It will be exciting to see if Seventh Woods can continue to be a stat-stuffer for the Heels. We won’t have to wait incredibly long, as the team will welcome St. Francis to the Dean Dome this coming Monday.