Ohio State product Keyshawn Woods will not participate in The Basketball Tournament after having been exposed to coronavirus.
Big X, the team he was scheduled to play for, announced the news on its Twitter page Monday morning. Players from the team are scheduled to arrive in Columbus and begin their quarantine process in advance of beginning to play games in the $1 million, winner-take-all tournament, starting July 4.
According to the team’s Twitter page, Woods is "currently healthy by all traditional measures and we are hopeful he will beat the virus from the safety of his home!"
After his lone season with the Buckeyes, where he helped lead them into the NCAA Tournament, Woods spent last season playing in the Dutch League. He had an NBA workout with his hometown Charlotte Hornets last spring.
In order to participate in this year’s event, which will feature 24 teams playing from July 4-14, all players and coaches must pass multiple tests. Prior to arriving in Columbus, all must pass two tests and then everyone is immediately tested again once they arrive to the hotel.
From there, participants must wait for the results of that test, which will be at least 24 hours, before being allowed to leave their hotel room.
Multiple teams have already had participants test positive. Best Virginia, a team mostly comprised of West Virginia alumni, withdrew from the event when multiple members tested positive. At least two other teams have had at least one positive test prior to arrival.
Once teams begin collective on-site workouts, any positive test will result in the removal of the team from competition. TBT has four standby teams also scheduled to be in quarantine in order to help ensure that the event can take place.
Without Woods, Big X now has three former Buckeyes on its roster. The team is coached by Andrew Dakich, who will also be playing, and features C.J. Jackson and Jae’Sean Tate.