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Former top 100 recruit is transferring out of Memphis

Aug 14, 2014, 3:40 PM EDT

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Dominic Woodson will transfer out of Memphis, the school announced on Thursday.

“Dominic is in good academic standing at the University, but he shared with me that he’d like a fresh start,” said Pastner. “We support Dominic and wish him all the best.”

Woodson is a 6-foot-10 rising sophomore and former top 100 recruit that had originally signed with Baylor in high school. He’s been with the Memphis program for a little more than a year, and has been more than enough of a headache for Josh Pastner to make the decision that he needed to move on from the program.

As a freshman, he was kicked off the bench against Central Florida and suspended for three games for the language that he used. He did not travel with the team to Raleigh for the NCAA tournament, either. Earlier this summer, Woodson got into a fight with a football player at the school over a girl.

But here’s the catch: this may not be the end of Woodson’s time at Memphis. According to John Martin of 92.9 FM in Memphis, Woodson may end up transferring to a Junior College in Memphis for a year to gain some playing experience before returning to the Tigers in 2015-2016. I’m sure that sending a message to Woodson that playing basketball in college is a privilege, not a right, would likely be involved in that decision as well.

There’s a reason why they would go to that trouble: on Wednesday, Pastner told reporters that Woodson was more talented than Austin Nichols and Shaq Goodwin, the two front court players that will likely start for the Tigers this season.

Who knows what will happen down the road, but for now, it appears that the Tigers are losing a major piece on their front court for the foreseeable future.

  1. namriverrat69 - Aug 16, 2014 at 2:53 AM

    Good job Josh. It looks like there is a maturity issue with him and you didn’t just boot him out. The door is open for him to come back in a year when he grows up and respects the game, his peers and his coach.

  2. rc0213 - Aug 30, 2014 at 1:52 PM

    Coach Pastner has shown that he has given “troubled” players a chance, but it looks like Woodson just does not want to work with “the system”. Good decision, Coach Pastner. And, good luck to Woodson in his future, and hope he takes with him the lessons learned in Memphis to become a better person and player.

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