Our next player in our series of individual recaps is redshirt-sophomore Keyshawn Woods.
This was Keyshawn’s first year of eligibility playing for the Deacs after sitting out last year as a transfer from Charlotte. His familiarity with the players, as well as his maturity showed on the court from day one. Keyshawn became one of the vocal leaders on the court, and showed us that he was capable of being much more than just the three-point marksman he was billed as coming in.
Woods began the year coming off the bench, playing behind fellow sharpshooter Mitchell Wilbekin as the backup shooting guard. After a strong performance in several non-conference games, Woods was inserted into the starting lineup for the Xavier game, and would remain a starter for the rest of the season.
In 30.5 minutes per game, he averaged 12.5 points, 4.2 rebounds, and 3.5 assists per game.
He also averaged 0.5 steals a game, and at 6-3 gave the Deacs another larger guard to help Bryant Crawford defend bigger guards on the perimeter.
Keyshawn was able to help out with ball-handling as well, averaging just 1.7 turnovers a game, giving him an assist-turnover ratio of slightly over 2:1.
Woods shot 49.5% from the field, 75.6% from the free throw line, and a whopping 43.8% from three.
I would like to see Keyshawn continue to work with strength coach Ryan Horn to get a little bit stronger and be able to convert through contact, which hurt his field goal percentage somewhat this year. I think this would also help him to stay in front of some of the bigger guards in the conference, and not be pushed around as much by more athletic guards/wings.
I’d also like to see him continue to work on his lateral quickness, and continue to work on sliding into position on defense, especially in help situations.
What can we expect from Keyshawn next season? I think he will continue to be a three point marksman, and might even look to drive the ball some more. He should only be helped by the presence of Chaundee Brown next year, and can focus more on shooting and scoring.
What are you all looking for from Keyshawn next season?