Grad Transfer Keyshawn Woods Commits to Ohio State. What It All Means

Grad Transfer Keyshawn Woods Commits to Ohio State. What It All Means

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Grad Transfer Keyshawn Woods Commits to Ohio State. What It All Means


Former Wake Forest guard Keyshawn Woods took to Twitter to announce his decision to transfer to Ohio State for his senior sesason. Here’s what it all means.


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Grad Transfer Keyshawn Woods Commits to Ohio State. What It All Means

 

It had been rumored and confirmed that head coach Chris Holtmann and staff were working the grad transfer market hard since the end of the season to try and get some immediate help next year, and now we have the fruits of that labor.

Former Wake Forest guard Keyshawn Woods announced his decision to transfer to Ohio State on Twitter yesterday after being courted by several schools.

But what does it all mean?

Well for one, it means the Buckeyes get some much needed experience and ball-handling — a void on the team — that can play immediately in 2018-19. And it’s not just a warm body to fill out the lineup.

At 6-3, 205 lbs., Woods has the size to stand up to the rigors of the rugged Big Ten, and can fill it up a little — averaging 11.9 points, 2.5 rebounds, and 1.9 assists last year in Winston-Salem. He played in 28 games and started five for the Deacons.

Don’t expect him to dip his toes in the waters in Columbus either before plunging right in. Ohio State is in desperate need of someone to take the pressure off point guard C.J. Jackson, and Woods figures to be one of the main options that could log significant minutes right away.

That should take some of the pressure off of incoming freshman guard Luther Muhammad .

Woods also has the ability to bomb away from deep (shooting over 40% for his career), and with the departure of Kam Williams, it’ll be a nice back-fill option to stretch the defense and keep opposing teams from clogging the lane where sophomore Kaleb Wesson can operate.

Of note, it is Chris Holtmann’s third attempt at luring Woods’ services. He recruited him at Gardner-Webb, then Butler, and now finally has him on the mantle in Columbus.

Overall, this is a solid get for Ohio State. There was a need there, and it was filled with a player that will contribute in many ways immediately next year.

 

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