Seventh Woods Must Take Advantage of Hype Surrounding High School Mixtape

Donald Wood@@Donald_WoodFeatured ColumnistApril 24, 2013

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While he may only be 14 years old, high school basketball prospect Seventh Woods has already garnered plenty of attention from the mainstream media and fans across the world with his mixtape on YouTube.

Going forward with his high school career—he's going to be a sophomore next season at Hammond High School (Columbia, S.C.)—the talented prospect must use the hype surrounding his athleticism to keep himself motivated and training hard to become a great athlete.

Listed at 6’1” and 175 pounds by 247Sports, the point guard averaged 19.3 points, 4.3 rebounds, 3.5 assists and 2.7 steals during his freshman campaign, and can only get better as he continues to grow physically and mentally.

The object for Woods, his family and support system now should be keeping his mind focused on his education first and foremost, while still honing his basketball skills at the same time.

With this much instant success for a young man, it would be easy to let it all go to his head, but that would ruin his chances of being a star.

It’s too early to herald Woods as a future NBA player, but with hard work and dedication starting in high school, he would have a great chance to mature into a very good college player with a chance at making the big leagues.

Training with the right people will be imperative to his success over the next three years, and the wide-reaching impact of this mixtape will offer Woods the opportunity to meet the right people and become the best player possible.

If Woods uses the hype around his first high school season as motivation to get better next year and does that each year he is in high school, there is little doubt that he would be one of the top recruits in the class of 2016.

The skill and potential are there, but the maturity and work ethic have to be maintained over the next few seasons.


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