We’ve been hearing some buzz surrounding 2014 local shooting guard Keyshawn Woods, who has been offered by the Charlotte 49ers as well as ECU, Wofford, Winthrop Wichita State and, most recently, Towson, among others. VCU and Virginia Tech are also interested in his services.
The 6’4″, 180 lb. SG been called “great from the mid-range…a great defender uses quickness to and motor to stay in front of his man (and) very smart” by scouting expert Rick Lewis. At the Bob Gibbons Tournament of Champions in May, he was a player Justin Young called an “eye-catcher” and “a powerfully built wing that flat out attacks the rim”. ESPN recruiting guru Dave Telep describes the Niners as a “sleeper school” for the local product. (according to our friend Ross Smith in the NinerNation.net message board)
Shooting guard will definitely be a position of priority in 2014 for Alan Major and the staff. Current starter Terrence Williams will be a senior, while Shawn Lester and sharpshooter Ivan Benkovic will be juniors–outside of that, the only two-guards on the roster right now are walk-ons. It may not be too much of a stretch to think that if Woods is brought into the fold, especially if Williams is a disappointment and Lester doesn’t work out, he has the possibility to start immediately. His ability to hit the long range shot, as exhibited in his highlight video from his sophomore season, should certainly help a group that shot just 26% from beyond the arc last season.
It’s a shock that no major programs have extended an offer to Woods yet, but we have a feeling that will change fairly soon.