May 9, 2018

Woods Added to 2018-19 Roster


COLUMBUS, Ohio—Keyshawn Woods, who played the last two seasons at Wake Forest, will continue his college basketball career at Ohio State for the 2018-19 season as a graduate transfer, Chris Holtmann, head coach of the Buckeyes, announced Wednesday.

“We are really excited about the addition of Keyshawn Woods,” Holtmann said. “Keyshawn is an older, experienced versatile guard who can make shots at a high level as well as be an important playmaker. Given our youth on the perimeter we look forward to Keyshawn filling a very important role of play and leadership within that position group.  We think he will fit in well with the current make-up of the 2018-2019 Buckeye team.”

Woods, a 6-foot-3-inch guard from Gastonia, North Carolina, will have one year of eligibility with the Buckeyes. He played his freshman season at Charlotte before sitting out at Wake Forest in 2015-16 and playing the last two seasons for the Demon Deacons.

As a freshman with the 49ers, Woods averaged 8.4 points a game in 32 appearances. His scoring average improved to 12.5 points a game during his sophomore season at Wake Forest. He also handed out 116 assists and shot 44 percent from 3-point range that season.

As a junior last year, Woods, who played his high school basketball at Northside Christian Academy, averaged just under 12 points a game while appearing in 28 contests. He is a career 43 percent shooter from long range (127-299) and has scored 1,016 points (10.9 ppg.) while averaging 3.1 rebounds and 2.2 assists over 93 games and 30 starts.

He has 56 double-figure scoring games to his credit with a career-high of 25 points against Georgia Southern Nov. 10, 2017. Woods dished out a career-high nine assists at Boston College Jan. 31, 2017.

Woods, the North Carolina Gatorade High School Player of the Year in 2014, is the second graduate transfer for the Buckeyes since Holtmann took over the program last June. Andrew Dakich played his final season of college basketball with the Buckeyes in 2017-18 after a four-year undergraduate career at Michigan.

Dakich averaged 3.0 points and 2.1 assists to go with 32 steals in helping the Buckeyes to a 2018 NCAA Tournament appearance and a 25-9 overall record. Ohio State finished tied for second in the Big Ten regular-season standings, earning the No. 2 seed in the annual conference tournament.