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Report: UNC transfer Seventh Woods considering Michigan

According to a report by TheState.com, Michigan is one of three schools being considered by North Carolina transfer Seventh Woods.

Woods is reportedly down to South Carolina, Michigan and Gonzaga.

Michigan is the newest school in the mix. He knows of Juwan Howard and met his nephew at a John Lucas Camp several years back.

“He’s kind of knew about me for a long time and just him reaching out was big,” Woods said of Howard.

He averaged 2.5 points, 2.1 assists and one rebound per game as a junior last season. The 6-foot-2 guard would have to sit out the 2019-20 season due to NCAA transfer regulations and would have one year of eligibility remaining. Woods was a top-50 recruit out of high school who gained notoriety for his highlight dunking ability. He’s never averaged more than 11 minutes per game during his three years at UNC.

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A decision from Woods is expected next week. He told TheState that he would consider walking on at a school with no available scholarships.

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  1. kturnup

    If they get Wilson and Pierce and we get Woods I will hate UNC forever

  2. buckets12

    Maybe Juwan was an avid YouTube user in 2014-2015?

  3. umhoops

    Walking on has no impact on his eligibility. If he were to walk on at Michigan, it would be a no-lose situation though because he wouldn’t take up a scholarship.

    He can play right away if he graduates (no sign of that) or he has a waiver (no sign of reason for that).

    I suppose he could walk-on at Michigan, use an extra scholarship “as a walk on” this year – I believe PWO scholarships don’t cover as much or have a stipend – and then be off scholarship the following year. If Michigan brings him in directly on scholarship, I don’t think it could take him off.

    I assume the walk on option is being considered at USC because it is the home state school so it would be in-state tuition and they are apparently short on full rides.

  4. wolverheel

    Have you ever filmed a movie? I hope you’ve never criticized one if not.

  5. noitallman

    As an avid Tar Heel, let me try to fill you in on Seventh.

    First some background:

    This transfer seems odd as one would have thought that were he to transfer, the sensible move would have been to do so after his sophomore season as Coby White was entering the picture and his prospects of more playing time seemed in doubt. However, the thinking at the beginning of the season last year was that we did not know what to expect of Coby, and that left us with a possibility of Seventh starting and receiving a larger role. Thus, IMO, Seventh probably thought this last season would bring a jump for him and he decided to stay.

    THE BAD:

    Despite the opportunity, Seventh did very little to give the coaching staff any reason to play him more, and Coby White gave every reason why he should never leave the floor. Unfortunately, as a ranked recruit [in the top 100], Seventh never really developed in his three seasons, and certainly showed no improvement last year. His first two seasons were saddled with injuries, which built in an excuse as to why he never seemed to be able to find a rhythm. However, last season showed that the injuries were more nuisance than hindrance.

    Seventh’s promise born from his athleticism, never bore the fruit of any sort of game. He is not a scorer in any way, and in fact fails to score at all three levels [whatever that is supposed to mean - side note: as a coach for 25 years, I couldn’t try to explain scoring in any sort of levels - it is a stupid way to describe finishing, mid-range and long range]. Additionally, Seventh has suspect handles and poor decision making skills, and the combination of this with a lack of ability to score makes him almost a liability offensively. The sad fact is that 7th may be athletic, but it never translates into anything on the court. He certainly can play at the lower level of D1, and is good enough to help a mid-major with solid minutes. However, I am baffled as to why a major D1 program would want to take him on just to get backup minutes [or I guess why would 7th want to go somewhere where he is in the same position he was at UNC]. Gonzaga and Michigan make ZERO sense for either. USC is his hometown and lacks depth at PG [TJ Moss will be a Junior by the time he plays].

    THE GOOD:
    Despite his lack of offensive capability, Seventh is a high level defender. He has very good lateral ability, stays in front of guys, never quits on D and is a ball hawk. Purely on defense alone, Seventh makes a lot of sense because he is easily a top 100 defender in college basketball.

    Additionally, in the right role, Seventh could provide capable minutes in a less major role on offense. He certainly was asked to do two things offensively: not turn it over and to keep the offense flowing. There were times when he was able to provide solid minutes in a “don’t do too much” role and play defense. If he were used in this way, he is a solid reserve, and would have been for UNC as well.

    Overall, I cannot imagine that Michigan would be able to use him unless they think he was just never given a chance or that his game wasn’t a fit. Of course, that could be, but I lean more toward the idea that Seventh is as he has been - a role playing D1 player with a lot of limitations. I suspect he will end up at South Carolina.

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