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North Carolina’s Seventh Woods serves up vicious poster in The Bahamas

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While arch rival Duke is currently north of the border, playing three exhibition games in Canada as it gets prepared for the upcoming season, North Carolina has been in The Bahamas. Friday night the Tar Heels took on the Bahamas All-Stars, and despite some issues with turnovers Roy Williams’ squad picked up the win by a 112-91 final score.

The game’s best highlight came in the final seconds, as junior point guard Seventh Woods drove the lane and threw down an incredible one-handed dunk. Woods’ landing wasn’t great, as he was knocked off-balance while in mid-air, but he was fine health-wise.

Woods, who finished the game with 11 points, three assists and four turnovers, will be a key player for North Carolina this season. North Carolina has to account for the loss of its two best playmakers from last year’s group in Joel Berry II and Theo Pinson, making the development of players such as Woods and freshman Coby White critical with regards to the Tar Heels’ hopes both within the ACC and nationally.

Woods missed 17 games last season due to a broken bone in his right foot, and he played sparingly once healthy, so these in-game opportunities are big for him regardless of the level of competition. It should be noted that the Bahamas All-Stars beat North Carolina four years ago, with a young Deandre Ayton starring for the home team.

As a team North Carolina turned the ball over 27 times Friday night, and taking better care of the basketball will be a point of emphasis for the Tar Heels in their second and final exhibition game of the trip Saturday afternoon.

Video credits: 10th Year Seniors, Inside Carolina

Viral video star Seventh Woods commits to North Carolina

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Seventh Woods provided the first major surprised of college basketball’s national signing day as he announced a commitment to North Carolina on Wednesday morning.

Woods, a South Carolina native, picked the Tar Heels over the favored Gamecocks.

Woods is No. 35 player in the Class of 2016, but he’s a guy that’s long been talked about in recruiting circles. It started during his freshman season when the mixtape that you see above was published. A sensational athlete, Woods was ranked among the Class of 2016’s elite. He even had his name thrust into headlines comparing him to LeBron.

Needless to say, that’s a totally unfair characterization of a 6-foot combo-guard that’s trying to develop himself into a full-time point guard.

At this point in his development, Woods is probably better on the defensive side of the ball than anything. He’s obviously a terrific athlete, and that also helps him as a driver. The rest of his game — his passing, his shooting — is a work in progress, but he’s continued to improve as he’s matriculated through the high school ranks.

Woods is the third commitment in the class for UNC, joining fellow four star recruits Tony Bradley, a center, and Brandon Robinson, a shooting guard.