April 28, 2014

Woods refining his skills this spring

Pittsburgh, PA -- Seventh Woods dribbled past his defender with a quick left to right crossover move, he got the defender on his hip and then shifted gears on the fly to explode down the lane and collapse the defense. But the defense couldn't rotate in time and the 6-1 point guard leaped effortlessly towards the hoop for a nifty finger roll off the glass.

This is one example of how the 2016 super star can impact a basketball game. His quickness, explosion and raw agility are off the charts.

His transition from scoring combo guard to point guard is the current focus of his development and the Columbia, SC native knows that it's a work in progress. And it's one that has his focus.

" I know I can play the position and do what I need to do, but I can be a better leader and be more vocal out there, I know that," he said.

There are times where Woods will make a great pass in the half court set, over the top of the zone to a cutting teammate. And then there are times where you can see there is still a lot to learn while running the offense.

Midway through the 2nd half in a game against a team from Syracuse, the esteemed athlete dribbled between two defenders near the top of the key and he lost his handle in traffic. The ball was picked up and it was going the other way as Syracuse had a fast break opportunity.

And then Woods showed another example of why is he's one of the most wanted prospects in the country. He sprinted the floor like a scalded dog, with a look of frustration on his face, due to the turnover. He caught up to the dribbler from behind and soared through the air for an emphatic blocked shot off the glass.

On this play, college coaches got to see two things. The first thing was that he's just not a natural point guard, yet. And the second thing is that he can do things that few, if any, in his class can do. The unbelievable display of athleticism in that recovery and blocked shot left many jaws hanging in the crowded gymnasium at North Hills Senior High School.

Simply put, Woods was a red cape short of Superman on this play.

And he's one of the most important targets of the North Carolina Tar Heels because of his natural ability. Woods has a plan for his recruitment and to be quite honest, it's just not his focus right now.

" My mom and dad handle that mostly and I really don't like talking about it too much because it's just not something that I am worrying about right now," he said to a few reporters after the game.

The sophomore guard implied that his recruitment would have some movement next season, when he is a junior.

" Right now I am just trying to work on my game, become a more complete player and be more of a vocal guy for my team. I think I will start to do more stuff and take more visits next summer."

At the present time, Woods holds offers from the programs in his own state, such as South Carolina and Clemson. Duke, Wake Forest, NC State and the Tar Heels have also extended offers to him and other national programs such as Tennesee, Ohio State, Louisville and Florida State are showing consistent interest.

" I have seen a lot of those schools, you know, Ohio State, Duke and Carolinia at my practices and open gyms. It means a lot to me but I'm not really focusing as much on college right now and I just want to keep working to get better."

Woods is the 5th rated prospect, overall, in his class according to Rivals.com.

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