After three rounds of cuts, rising Hammond sophomore Seventh Woods has been named to the USA Men’s Basketball U16 team.
Woods, in Colorado Springs for a three-day training, survived a cut from 16 finalists to make the 12-player roster, which includes Devearl Ramsey of Los Angeles’ Sierra Canyon High, and St. Vincent-St. Mary’s V.J. King.
“It’s not only an honor to make this team but it was an honor for being hand-picked by the USA staff and coaches, to wear USA across my chest,” Woods said.
“Being the youngest here just makes it that much more (of an honor),” the 14-year-old Woods said. “This is by far the best learning experience that a young basketball (player) could have.”
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The team will be coached Iowa City’s Don Showalter. “We have depth. We have talented shooters. We have really, really big players inside. We’re very versatile, so I feel good about the makeup of our team,” the coach said.
The 6-foot-2 Woods is one of six guards selected to the team.
With the Skyhawks last season, Woods averaged 19.3 points, 4.3 assists and 2.7 steals in the 2012-13 season.
He will remain in Colorado with the U.S. team, training this week at the U.S. Olympic Training Center. Next week, the team will travel to Uruguay for the June 11-15 FIBA Americas U16 tournament.
Woods is the second Columbia athlete to be selected to compete with a USA basketball team this summer. Heathwood Hall’s Aja Wilson was named to the USA Women’s basketball U19 team in May, and will compete in Lithuania in July.