UNC Guard Seventh Woods Should Transfer To South Carolina Gamecocks [Opinion]

University of North Carolina freshman point guard Seventh Woods has been one of the highest rated players in his class for the last few years. He burst onto the scene as a 14-year-old athletic marvel when a YouTube highlight video of him dunking all over the competition went viral. He played for Hammond High which is a private school located in his hometown Columbia, South Carolina. Woods was recruited by every major program in the country including the South Carolina Gamecocks. He decided it was best for him to go to Chapel Hill and play for Roy Williams.

Now, Woods is preparing to play in a Final Four and the irony is that he could possibly play against the South Carolina Gamecocks for the National Championship.

“If they win and we win, it is the best of both worlds, really,” Woods told The State. “I am so happy for them. Coach Frank Martin has been reconstructing that team, and to finally see it pay off. I know Columbia is happy and, honestly, I’m so happy and proud of them.”

The South Carolina Gamecocks are in the midst of the best run the program has ever seen. They won their first tournament game since 1973, and followed that up by storming their way through the field all the way to its first-ever Final Four appearance. Head coach Frank Martin has had the team prepared to play with tenacious defense and a physicality unlike any other team in the country. The Gamecocks force a ton of turnovers and push the ball offensively to make it difficult on the opposing team in transition.

South Carolina is led by senior and SEC player of the year Sindarius Thornwell along with sophomore point guard PJ Dozier. Both can be legitimate first-round draft picks in the 2017 NBA draft if PJ Dozier decides to leave early after this season. Thornwell has been on an absolute tear during the NCAA tournament averaging over 25 points per game in tournament play. When he signed with Frank Martin’s program after his senior year of high school, Thornwell vowed to put his home state of South Carolina on the map. Four years later, the Gamecocks are on the verge of possibly being national champions.

Just think if Seventh Woods decided to stay in state and also play for the South Carolina Gamecocks. This team would be even that more dangerous. Instead, he’s toiling away on the UNC bench when he could’ve been playing a key role for this Gamecocks team and possibly in a starting role.

The thing is that it’s actually not too late. Woods still has the option to transfer to South Carolina if he’s not happy with his current role and being buried on the bench at North Carolina. Sure UNC has the higher profile program and lots of NBA level talent comes to the school, but each year they have strong recruiting classes and he would have to compete with the incoming talent every year to make sure he even gets to play.

At South Carolina, he would still have to compete, but the path would be much easier to carve out a starting role. Not to mention that South Carolina has raised its national profile with this year’s tournament run, so he will still be in the spotlight and be visible to NBA scouts. He would get to go home to Columbia and represent his state, which is becoming increasingly popular with athletes today. Another reason Woods should transfer from UNC, and this one is major, is the possibility of a certain high profile recruit based in South Carolina that could possibly sign with the Gamecocks after his senior year of high school next year.

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Zion Williamson is the biggest thing to happen to high school basketball since perhaps maybe LeBron James. He is a 6-foot-6-inch athletic freak and his exploits have been splattered all over YouRube just like Seventh Woods a few years ago. Zion is currently the number two ranked player in the class of 2018, and he will probably be number one before it’s all said and done.

Imagine if Woods decided to transfer to South Carolina and sat out next season and Zion Williamson decided to play for the Gamecocks as well. The 2019 South Carolina Gamecocks squad would have a truly devastating one-two punch that could very well carry them on another deep tournament run. Not to mention all the other high profile out of state recruits that will now seriously consider South Carolina as an option and we could be looking at the beginning of a basketball superpower.

If Seventh Woods is taking his career seriously, he should definitely consider making the transfer. That could be the key in not only getting Zion to sign with South Carolina but also to continue the winning ways the Gamecocks have displayed so far this season. Frank Martin has this program heading to new heights and it would behoove Woods to be a part of it and do what Sindarius Thornwell is doing, put the South Carolina Gamecocks on the map.

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