Collin Woods makes a chest pass during his freshman year at UC Irvine
The Scottsdale, Ariz., native joins a DSU recruiting class that includes two guards – Connor Van Brocklin, Trevor Hill – and one forward, Josh Fuller.
Woods is a 6-foot-2 guard transfers to Dixie State after playing his sophomore season at Salt Lake Community College for coach Todd Phillips. In 18 games, including 13 starts, he averaged nearly eight points and 1.5 rebounds a game. Woods shot at a 44-percent clip from the field and made 77-percent from the foul line.
"We are really excited to add Collin to our program as we feel he will be an outstanding backcourt player for us," Judkins said. "Collin has really worked hard and made many sacrifices to get to this point, and we feel his experience and maturity, along with his diverse skill set will all be tremendous assets to us."
Prior to his year at SLCC, Woods played at U.C. Irvine for coach Russell Turner. In 31 games for the Anteaters, Woods averaged 3.3 points and 1.1 rebounds a game.
Woods prepped at Horizon High School in Scottsdale and graduated as the program's all-time leading scorer with 1,437 career points. He scored 22 points as a senior while adding four rebounds and three assists per game. He had five 30-point games, including a season-best 38 against Chaparral, and 17 games with over 20 points. Woods was named the 5A Desert Valley Region Player of the Year playing for coach Paul Long.
"I chose Dixie State because I felt they offered a great combination of academics and athletics," Woods said. "After taking my visit, I felt that the coaching staff had a lot to offer and that I could definitely make an impact next year."
Woods compares his game to former UCLA Bruin and current member of the NBA's Oklahoma City Thunder, Russell Westbrook. With the ability to shoot, drive, dunk and play tenacious defense, Woods seeks to be a strong addition to the Red Storm backcourt.
"He is an outstanding perimeter defender, and on the offensive end he'll be hard to matchup," Judkins added. "He's athletic enough to make plays at the basket and he shoots it well from the perimeter. Collin is a terrific kid and a great fit for the school and the community."
Woods comes from an athletic background. His mother, Kathy, was all-state in Colorado in both track and volleyball. Monty, Collin's father, was an All-Big 8 Conference football player for head coach Bill McCartney at the University of Colorado.