Former Chattanooga guard Peyton Woods commits to Tusculum basketball

Former Chattanooga guard Peyton Woods commits to Tusculum basketball

GREENEVILLE, Tenn. --- Tusculum head men's basketball coach Nick Pasqua received his first student-athlete commitment as guard Peyton Woods will be transferring from NCAA Division I Chattanooga and will be joining the Pioneers for the upcoming 2017-2018 campaign.

Woods, a 6-4, 180-pound product from Monticello, Kentucky, appeared in 31 games and scored 103 points in his two seasons with the Mocs.  During his two years at the Chattanooga, Tennessee school, UTC posted a 48-18 overall record, including 25-11 in Southern Conference play.  In his rookie campaign Chattanooga went 29-6, swept the SoCon regular-season and tournament titles and advanced to the NCAA Tournament.

"I am extremely excited to have Peyton be my first student-athlete commitment at Tusculum," said Pasqua.  "I recruited Peyton very hard two years ago before he signed at Chattanooga and I know exactly what kind of player we are getting. He will add an immediate scoring threat to our team next year, and I am excited to have him become a Pioneer."

During the 2015-2016 season, Woods shot 46.7 percent from three-point territory, going 14-of-30 from beyond the arc.  He scored a season-high 14 points against Hiwassee and added a dozen markers in a home SoCon win over The Citadel.  He also saw action in Chattanooga's NCAA East Regional match-up against Indiana where he posted five points and three rebounds.

He played in a dozen games last year with the Mocs as he knocked down four 3-pointers in his 14-point performance against The Citadel.

While at Chattanooga, he was also an excellent student where he was a member of the Dean's List, Athletic Director's Honor Roll and the Southern Conference Honor Roll. 

He played his prep basketball career at Wayne County High School where he was coached by his father Rodney Woods.  During his career, he scored 2,467 points while connecting on 362 three-point field goals, which are the fifth-most in the history of Kentucky High School basketball.  His teams recorded 103 wins in a three-year span and earned KHSAA All-State honors in 2014 and 2015.  In his senior year, he averaged 22.1 points per game, which was ranked 19th in the state.  He connected on 108 three-pointers that season averaging 3.7 treys per game, which was the fourth-best average in Kentucky. 

Peyton played in the prestigious Kentucky-Indiana All-Star Game and was a member of the National Honor Society with a perfect 4.00 grade point average at Wayne County.

He is the son of Rodney and Cynthia Woods and has two brothers, Landry and Riley. His father was a standout basketball player at the University of Tennessee where he played from 1972-1975.  He served as team captain on the 1975 team for Coach Ray Mears and finished his career with 525 assists which are the third most in Volunteer history.  His 6.91 assists per game average for his career is still a Tennessee record today, while his 227 assists and 8.7 assists per game average in 1975 are also UT bests.