Midlands basketball player picks the wrong Carolina
6 foot 1, 180 pound Seventh Woods high flying dunks gained the attention of college basktball's elite.
Univesrity of North Carolina is coming into the 2015-2016 season ranked number one.
By: Caroline Cann
Hammond School's Seventh Woods slip on a Carolina hat yesterday during his National Signing Day announcement. Only, it was the wrong Carolina.
Woods decided to join the preseason number 1 North Carolina Tar Heel basketball team next year.
"I thought long and hard on this decision, but next year I'll be attending the University of North Carolina," Woods announced.
The top 35 recruit in the nation has highly recruited by many schools but narrowed it down to the North Carolina, South Carolina, Duke, and Georgetown. His roots in South Carolina and childhood dream of playing in the Carolina Blue helped narrow his decision down to the North Carolina and South Carolina.
"South Carolina was definitely in the picture, I honestly didn't make my decision until Monday night so I mean it was really a head to head decision between the two.," Woods said.
Woods grew up with Gamecock freshman D.J. Dozier and womens Gamecock sophomore standout A'ja Wilson. Their influence in his decision was heavy, but at the end of the day, Woods had to be a little selfish about his decision.
"I mean it was definitely tough, everybody who was pulling me to South Carolina wanted me to stay home, rebuild the process, rebuild the program, I mean at the end of the day if they're real supporters they'll be happy where ever I go," said Woods.
Woods may have broken the hearts of Gamecock fans with his announcement but hard to stay upset when a South Carolina product is heading to the preseason number one team in the nation.
"I'm going to the best school in the nation right now, they go a chance to compete for national title every year so it will be a great experience as a freshman to get that drive going," Woods said following his decision.
South Carolina fans do have more chances to see the North Carolina commit play close to home, though. Woods and Hammond School begin their 2015-2016 season at home on November 16 against Eau Claire High School.