UNC’s Seventh Woods to transfer from Tar Heel basketball program
North Carolina junior point guard Seventh Woods will transfer, he announced on social media Thursday.
While Woods said in an Instagram post that he wouldn’t change any decision that he’s made, he added, “I do feel like it’s time for a change.” Woods said he will finish his academic and basketball career elsewhere.
Woods entered the 2018-19 season vying for the starting point role with freshman Coby White. Woods expected to win the job, but White ultimately won out, and after a successful season, won second team All-ACC honors. He averaged 16.1 points per game and 4.1 assists.
Woods, at 6-2, 185 pounds, averaged 2.5 points and 2.1 assists in 10.8 minutes per game. He played in 34 games and started one.
Woods was one of the most well-known prospects in the country coming out of high school in Columbia, S.C.. One of his high school highlight mixtapes garnered 15 million views on YouTube.
“He had been dunking since he was 11, so I was looking like, ‘OK, this is the next LeBron James,” New York Knicks guard Dennis Smith Jr. said in January. “That’s how everybody viewed him.”
Smith played against Woods in middle and high school and the two remain close friends.
But throughout his three-year career at UNC, Woods was often injured, and at times, struggled with his confidence. He averaged 1.5 turnovers per game.
“He’s got to get his confidence back up,” Smith said. “When he gets his confidence, everything else will follow. He’s still a super athlete and he knows the game. It’s all about confidence with him.”
“He’s going to figure it out.”
Earlier this week, UNC signed two guards to its 2019 recruiting class, including Cole Anthony, the top point guard in the country. Anthony, a projected “one-and-done,” is expected to make an immediate impact next season. The Tar Heels also signed four-star combo guard Anthony Harris.
Woods thanked his coaches and teammates for helping him grow.
“To any and everyone who has help (sic) overcome the struggles throughout my college career, I am forever thankful,” Woods wrote. “I’m a firm believer that everything happens for a reason and the best is yet to come.”
Charlotte Observer staff writer Brendan Marks contributed to this report