Charlotte, NC – Charlotte 49ers men’s basketball signee Keyshawn Woods was recently named North Carolina Gatorade Player of the Year. He is the second Niner to earn that award as former 49ers standout Mitchell Baldwin claimed the honor in 2001. Woods claiming the honor ends a streak of eight straight years that the Gatorade Player of the Year went to an ACC school.
Woods, who signed with the 49ers last November, joins the 49ers’ roster for the 2014-15 season. This past season, Woods led Charlotte’s Northside Christian Academy to their third straight North Carolina Independent Schools Athletic Association Class 2A state championship. Northside Christian Academy, who are ranked fifth in the MaxPreps National rankings, are participating in the High School National Tournament next weekend in New York City.
Woods is a three-time NCISAA Class 2A first-team All-State selection. This past season, he was named Metrolina Athletic Conference Player of the Year after averaging 17.1 points, 4.6 rebounds, 3.0 assists and 1.6 steals per game. He scored 22 points, grabbed four rebounds and dished out three assists in Northside’s 87-68 win over Concord First Assembly Academy in the 2014 state title game.
Woods not only excels on the court but in the classroom as well. He has a 3.79 GPA and is a member of Northside’s National Honor Society.
Woods joins a 49ers roster that returns four starters off a team that captured the 2013 Puerto Rico Tip-Off title.