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Three years later, Seventh Woods is finally a Gamecock

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The prodigal son returns.

Welcome home.
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After much offseason chatter about the possible move, Frank Martin and the South Carolina Gamecocks officially landed the services of transfer guard Seventh Woods, who announced Friday that he will come home to Columbia from Chapel Hill.

Woods, the former Hammond standout who famously picked the Tar Heels over his hometown Gamecocks, joins a South Carolina program that could use some veteran guidance at the guard positions. Per the usual NCAA transfer rules, the junior will have to sit out the coming season, and will use his final year of eligibility at South Carolina.

Woods was also considering Gonzaga and Michigan as possible transfer destinations.

As a high school senior in 2016, Woods was a high four-star recruit and considered the top prospect in the state, with reels upon reels of highlight tape to his credit. However, his promise never materialized on a crowded UNC roster loaded with NBA-level talent, and he averaged just 2.5 points and 2.1 assists per game backing up starter Coby White this past season.

South Carolina fans considered Woods’ original college decision a huge blow to the Gamecocks’ future and a referendum on Martin’s inability to recruit the state. Yet three years later, here we are — Seventh Woods is a Gamecock after all.