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Former Hammond hoops standout Seventh Woods leaving UNC

Seventh Woods happy for Gamecocks’ success, to be Final Four with UNC

Former Hammond standout Seventh Woods chose between South Carolina and North Carolina and both teams made it to Final Four this year.
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Former Hammond standout Seventh Woods chose between South Carolina and North Carolina and both teams made it to Final Four this year.

Former Hammond standout Seventh Woods is leaving the North Carolina basketball program.

Woods announced on his Instagram on Thursday that he would be leaving the Tar Heels program. He has one year of eligibility left.

“I plan on finishing my academic and basketball career elsewhere,” Woods posted. “To the coaches, thank you so much for giving me an opportunity and helping me grow as a player and a man. To my teammates.... y’all know what’s up. I love y’all forever and will always cherish what we have been through and accomplished as a group. To any and everyone who has help me overcome the struggles throughout my college career, I am forever thankful. I’m a firm believer that everything happens for a reason and the best is yet to come!”

According to Inside Carolina, Woods is just the fifth transfer to leave UNC in Roy Williams’ 16 seasons and first since 2011. He played in 34 games this season behind Coby White, making one start and averaged 2.5 points and 2.1 assists this year. White entered the NBA Draft but the Tar Heels signed five-star point guard Cole Anthony this week and also have four-star guard Anthony Harris part of this year’s class.

Woods picked the Tar Heels over South Carolina and Georgetown back in 2015. Several people posted on social media Thursday their desire to have him come back and play for the Gamecocks.

“I went with my heart,” Woods said at his signing day announcement in 2015. “It was definitely tough. Everyone was pulling me to South Carolina and wanted me to stay home and help build the program. But North Carolina has always been my dream school. They are ranked No. 1 in the nation, so I’m going to the best school in the nation right now.”

Woods was a member of the Tar Heels’ 2017 national championship team and played in 40 games as a freshman. He appeared in 94 games at UNC, averaging 1.5 points a game.

The 6-foo2- 185-pounds Woods was a four-star recruiting coming out of Hammond and ranked No. 48 in the country by 247Sports. He played in the Under Armour Elite Top 24 game in Brooklyn, N.Y., before his senior season.

As a sophomore, Woods was named the SC Gatorade Player of the Year after averaging 20 points, 4.1 assists a game. The following year, he helped the Skyhawks win the SCISA 3A title.

Woods burst on the landscape as an 11-year-old when clips of him hit YouTube. His mixtape as a 14-year-old earned more than 13.6 million hits on YouTube. As a sophomore, one of his dunks earned top play on SportsCenter, beating out a dunk by LeBron James.

Hammond High School's star basketball player Seventh Woods announced Wednesday that he will be taking his talents to Chapel Hill. Woods selected UNC over the University of South Carolina and Georgetown University.