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Glendale Apollo alum Holland Woods to transfer to ASU from Portland State

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Arizona State and Portland State are swapping players.

Holland Woods, a local product out of Glendale Apollo High School, announced on social media he was headed back home to Arizona State to play for coach Bobby Hurley. That comes after a season in which he earned first-team All-Big-Sky honors at Portland State.

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Woods, a 6-foot-1 guard, averaged 17.7 points, 5.2 assists and 2.5 rebounds last season as a junior. He shot 41.5 percent from the field and 30.4 percent from the 3-point line in leading the Vikings to an 18-14 record (12-8 in conference play). He finished second in the conference in assists and first in steals (2.1 pg).

ASU was considered a leading contender since it is his home school but Woods was also considering Gonzaga, New Mexico and Oregon State and had not ruled out staying at Portland State.

It remains to be seen if Woods would be eligible because he would have to seek a waiver since he would not be a graduate transfer. He has one year of eligibility left.

Despite playing only three years Woods is still Portland State’s career leader in  assists (521) and steals (165) and ranks fifth scoring (1,387).

He was second-team All-Big-Sky as a sophomore in 2018-18 and Freshman of the Year in the Conference in 2017-18.

Coach Bobby Hurley is full-scale recruiting mode with six scholarships still to fill. He had four players enter the transfer portal including senior-to-be Khalid Thomas, a native of Portland who last week announced he was enrolling at Portland State.

Reach the reporter at Michelle.Gardner@Gannett.com or 602 444-4783.  Follow her on Twitter @MGardnerSports.

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