Seventh Dayvonte Woods the sixth child of Louis and Monica Woods was named according to one of his father’s favorite scriptures.

“God blessed the seventh day and sanctified it” reads the third verse of the second chapter of Genesis.

“I like my name. God finished his work on the seventh day” Woods said. “It’s special and original.”

It is also somewhat prophetic.

Among the blessings the Woods’ bestowed upon their last child — born seven years after the next youngest sibling — is a prodigious talent at the game of basketball.

At 14 years old Woods has been under a national spotlight for more than three years. This past season his freshman year the spotlight intensified to the point that some fans and analysts have suggested he is the next LeBron James.



With a name that carries so much symbolism it is not surprising that Woods is unfazed by such assessments.

“He doesn’t pay much attention to it” Woods’ mother said. “His thing is not to be the next LeBron it’s to be the best Seventh Woods he can be.”

As it stands he is not the typical 14-year-old basketball player.

He is 6-foot-2 175 pounds and was the youngest member this past summer of the USA Men’s Basketball U16 team which he helped win the FIBA World Championship.

On the national basketball talent trackers’ radar since fifth grade Woods is listed as the No. 3 point guard and the No. 17 player in the nation for the Class of 2016 by Future150 a prospect tracking website. He is 21st in the nation on the ESPN25 list and has a five-star rating from Scout.com.

Highlight clips of Woods first appeared on the Internet when he was 11 when he made his first dunk at an AAU national tournament game.

His dreams of playing college and NBA basketball are far from long shots.