Lincoln High’s Kaysia Woods commits to Xavier

Woods, a 6-0 forward, is averaging 18 points a game for the 9-5 Links this season. 

LINCOLN, Neb. (KLKN) — Kaysia Woods didn’t get a normal recruiting experience. But Lincoln High’s latest D-I basketball star felt the most normal with Xavier, which is why she committed to the Musketeers last week.

“You know the coaches just made me feel safe and secure,” Woods told Channel 8 on Monday. “They just made me feel like it was a place to play basketball for the next four years. You know that’s just a big factor in it. Also, the diversity in Cincinnati. And there’s a former teammate of mine that’s going there as well.”

Woods is the second Lincoln High player to commit to a Division-I program in the last two years. Nyayongah Gony is currently a freshman at Miami (Fla.).

Woods, a 6-0 forward, is averaging 18 points a game for the 9-5 Links this season.

“She puts in a lot of time,” said head coach Dominique Kelley-Johnson. “A lot of extra hours outside of what we ask here to do, what her club coaches ask her to do. I’m just super excited that she found a place where she feels comfortable at and where she can take her game to the next level.

Wood’s impact goes far beyond the court though. She’s heavily involved in the raising awareness for social injustice causes and her drive to be great stems from being a great role model first.

“I think it’s huge to be a role model for people that look like me,” Woods said. “We want people to be successful and be someone who younger kids to look up too.”

Said Kelley-Johnson: “When your best player is modeling how you want your program to be ran day in and day out, it makes it easier for everyone else to follow her lead.”


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