Wrist injury sidelines Hammond’s Seventh Woods

ainelson@thestate.comJune 30, 2014 

Hammond’s Seventh Woods is regarded as a top prospect for the Class of 2016.

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After playing through the spring with a broken wrist, national five-star point guard Seventh Woods will sit out much of the summer AAU season to heal.

According to Major Williamson, coach of the Carolina Wolves AAU team, Woods will be out for six weeks.

The 6-foot, 175-pound guard broke his wrist in April, “but he was playing well despite that,” Williamson said.

Woods, a rising junior at Hammond and a top prospect in the 2016 recruiting class, was averaging 14.6 points and 3.2 rebounds for the Wolves despite his injury.

“It just got to the point that curiosity lingered, and we got him in for an X-ray and they found the fracture and went ahead and got him in a cast,” Williams said.

“He doesn’t want to be off, trust me. But he’s been grinding pretty hard these past few years, and although it’s not a break we wanted to see coming this fast, it’s a well-deserved break, and I think his body will appreciate the rest.”

But Woods will not be completely inactive.

Over the weekend, Woods was at Golden State guard Stephen Curry’s SC30 basketball camp helping other athletes run drills.

The summer respite is not likely to damage Woods’ college prospects.

The basketball prodigy, who has been on the national radar since middle school and is rated the No. 5 guard in his recruiting class by ESPN, already has offers from Clemson, North Carolina, South Carolina and Wichita State.

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