Seventh Woods is on the move. Again.
I’m ready, more ready than ever pic.twitter.com/BoUmcchEcH— HomeTownHero (@Kingsev_803) June 21, 2021
Transferring for the second time, Woods will give it one last shot in the MEAC conference, joining the Morgan State Bears. Fortune has been unkind to the former Tar Heel. The unexpected and instant impact of freshman Coby White plus the specter of backing up Cole Anthony forced Woods to transfer to South Carolina for his senior season. Seventh even redshirted when he transferred the traditional way, pre COVID-19.
Last season’s COVID-rules turned college basketball into a jumbled mess with the free year of eligibility. The addition of a one-time transfer rule without having to redshirt transformed college basketball into the Wild, Wild West. But in chaos, there is opportunity, and hopefully in Baltimore, Seventh Woods can grab it with both hands.
Last season, while playing in Columbia, Woods only missed three games during the shortened season and started 13 of the 18 he played in. A big bump in minutes (19 mpg at South Carolina vs an average of 8.5 mpg in three seasons at UNC) did not translate into improved performances. Woods did increase his overall scoring to 5.4 ppg, more than double his best output at Carolina, but did so with an atrocious shooting split of 36.8 FG%, 18.5 3P%, and 66.7 FT%. There isn’t much job security in the SEC with those numbers.
Another drop in the level of competition will probably help Seventh Woods get comfortable in his last college season. It remains to be seen if the point guard experiment will continue - Woods only managed a 1:1 assist to turnover ration last season - or if he’ll look to use his explosiveness on the wing.
Sometimes things just don’t work out for players, even if they haven’t really done anything wrong. Seventh Woods strikes me as that player. If he had been three inches taller, I could’ve seen a David Noel-type career for him at UNC. He was unfortunately trying to earn his bonafides as a point guard during the Berry-White-Anthony period at UNC, tough sledding for even the best pure point guards.
Let’s wish Seventh good luck at Morgan State. I’d love to see the Bears become the latest 15-seed to beat Duke in the first round of the NCAA Tournament. Woods did have one of his best games at Cameron, maybe he can be the last thing Coach K sees on his way out.