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Arizona nabs 5-star junior
COLUMBIA, S.C. -- Even though he is just 15 years old, Seventh Woods is already a celebrity of sorts. The sophomore at Columbia (S.C.) Hammond School is a top 15 player in his class and has become a YouTube sensation because of his high-flying style.
Don't be misled by the highlights, though, Woods has the entire package and he had his full arsenal of skills on display during a Friday night win at Columbia (S.C.) A.C. Johnson. While scoring 27 points, the 6-foot-2 point guard was hitting from deep, blowing by defenders with a frighteningly quick spin move and finding teammates with sharp passes.
Because of his aerial acrobatics and YouTube following, Woods has started to attract big crowds. He feels no pressure to replicate what people see on the net during his games and is happy with the progress he's making with his game.
"I just go out there and play basketball and do what I can do," Woods told Rivals.com "I think I've made big strides with my outside shot. I've been getting up shots consistently in the morning and working.
"It builds each time I make a shot. Once I make one I feel like I cant miss another one."
Being a point guard and a true floor general is very important to Woods. He's becoming more vocal and showing the complete game that helped him become a valuable piece of USA Basketball's 16U National Team last summer.
"I'm trying to be a leader all over," said Woods. "I'm a point guard and I keep my team involved out there.
"When people see the mixtapes it only shows the dunks. I have to show people that I have an all around game."
So far, Woods has attracted attention from the likes of North Carolina, South Carolina, Duke, Clemson, Florida State, Ohio State, Tennessee, Baylor and LSU.
The attention from scouts and college coaches will only get stronger as Woods continues to progress. For now, though, he's only thinking about what is directly in front of him.
"I'm not really looking at college right now. I'm just focusing on right now because that's all I can do."