Chris Holtmann and the Ohio State basketball team received a much-needed commitment from Wake Forest graduate transfer point guard Keyshawn Woods Tuesday evening. Woods announced the news via Twitter.
The commitment came one day after OSU officially welcomed Florida State transfer point guard C.J. Walker.
The difference between Woods and Walker, however, is that Woods will be eligible to play in the 2018-2019 season while Walker will have to sit this season out.
Woods (6-3 182) was the sixth man for the Demon Deacons this past season where he averaged 11.9 points and 1.9 assists per game. He shot .439 from the field and .374 from three-point range.
Woods started five games for Wake Forest this season, playing in 28 total. He started 22 of their 33 games in 2016-2017 where he averaged 12.5 points and 3.5 assists per game. That season he shot .495 from the field and .438 from three.
Woods’ career began at Charlotte, where he started three of his 32 games as a true freshman, averaging 8.4 points per game. He transferred to Wake Forest the following season.
Holtmann has tried to land Woods in the past, both as a high school recruit and as a transfer when he left Charlotte. The long game has finally won out for the Buckeyes, though Woods will have just one year of eligibility remaining.
For Ohio State, landing a grad transfer point guard was a must, and Woods was one of the best on the market. He will immediately take some of the pressure off of incumbent point guard C.J. Jackson. Both players will be able to alternate at the point, just as Jackson did with Andrew Dakich this past season.
Expect Woods to offer up more offense than Dakich did, however.
The Buckeyes will also welcome in freshmen guards Luther Muhammad and Duane Washington, but the addition of Woods gives the OSU backcourt another veteran presence that this team is going to need following the losses of veterans Keita Bates-Diop, Jae’Sean Tate, and Kam Williams.