Seventh Woods of Columbia, S.C., showed himself as one of the nation’s top prospects during the past year. Here’s our breakdown on the five-star prospect:
Seventh Woods – (Columbia, S.C.) – Hammond School / Carolina Wolves – 2016
Position: Point Guard
OTRHoopsReport.com Eval Grade: 5 star
Committed College: North Carolina
12/23/15 – Chick-Fil-A Classic (Columbia, S.C.) – Jonathan Hemingway
The UNC bound point guard was an internet sensation at an early age. His incredible leaping ability and jaw dropping dunks put him on the map as a 5-star recruit several years ago. Recently, questions have arose from observers about Woods’ ability to man the point guard position and even his IQ. After leading Hammond to an American Division Championship on Tuesday evening, those murmurs should be silenced. With Roy Williams sitting courtside, Woods scored 25 points, grabbed 7 rebounds and dished out 5 assists in a win over upstart Greenforest Academy. More importantly was the way he controlled the game as a lead guard. He facilitated the action and even helped teammate Michael Turner score 20 points on 5-6 shooting from the arc. Woods proved he is an elite athlete who can handle lead guard responsibilities.
6/20/14 – NBPA Top 100 Camp (Charlottesville, Va.) – Brandon Clay
Woods has made a smooth transition to the point guard position as he had a very similar eval to the one that we got at the UA Invitational in Houston last month. He’s a great athlete but more importantly is showing that he can run a team.
6/18/14 – NBPA Top 100 Camp (Charlottesville, Va.) – Jonathan Hemingway
This was my first viewing of Seventh and obviously I had watched many of the highlights and heard of the hype behind his athleticism. His game really took me by surprise because there is substance behind the highlights. He ran the team as a strong handler and set up his teammates with passes. The ball never got stuck in his hands and he was a willing pitch ahead passer in transition. When he had to make plays, he has the moves and athleticism to make plays at the rim.
5/17/14 – Under Armour Invitational (Houston, Texas) – Brandon Clay
Woods is playing the point guard primarily on the club circuit. He has a tendency to dance at times as opposed to getting right into the offense. That said he’s both a gifted athlete and a legit option at the position for high major schools nationwide.
10/05/13 – USA Basketball Developmental Mini-Camp (Colorado Springs, Colo.) – Brandon Clay
Much has been made in the recruiting world about Woods ability to take off and make the difficult look easy in the air. The 6-foot-1 combo guard showed out over the weekend as he made multiple plays in transition finishing with authority at the rim. Woods on-ball defense and ability to create turnovers with his quick hands was a part of his game that has not been talked about much but stood out throughout the weekend. In that regard, he has similarities to current NBA star Derrick Rose. Though Woods is not as consistent a ball handler by nature, he showed flashes of his longterm potential using the push ahead dribble that Rose has made so popular to escape a trap on Sunday morning and almost dunked over a 7-foot post player waiting on him in the lane to complete the play.
Highlights of Woods compliments of Courtside Films:
Brandon Clay is the Executive Camp Director of the Elite Basketball Academy and the owner of Brandon Clay Scouting. Clay is also the owner of Peach State Basketball, Inc., and ProspectsNation.com. He serves Director of Scouting for the OTRHoopsReport.com National Scouting Report. Clay has been involved in the community since 2001 as an evaluator, event operator and trainer. You can reach him at BrandonClay@PeachStateBasketball.com
Jonathan Hemingway is a National Evaluator for the OTRHoopsReport. Hemingway serves on the Board of Selectors for the Naismith Trophy. also He is also the publisher of CoachHemi.com. He has been involved in the community since 1996 as a coach, camp director and evaluator. You can reach him via email at JonathanHemingway@PeachStateBasketball.com and follow him on twitter @JLHemingwayPSB