5 questions with Jakob Woods (master of taking an offensive charge)

Taking a charge on the basketball court is a selfless and often painful job.

Few players are tough enough to do it. That’s what makes this statistic so impressive and it has to be mentioned – even if the season is over. Washingtonville forward Jakob Woods took 28 charges this season.

According to MaxPreps, that ranks tops in the state, and seventh in the nation among reporting schools. At the start of the year, Washingtonville coach Todd Rose offered any player a free bacon, egg and cheese if they took an offensive charge.

By midseason, Woods was handing out extra breakfast sandwiches to his teammates. Woods is certainly a durable kid. He played tight end for Washingtonville’s football team this fall and was a Varsity845 second-team all-star.

We talked to Woods about the art of taking a charge:

Taking a charge is a dirty job – why do you do it? “It’s basically my role to help out the team. I’m not much of a scorer, I can rebound. I have to be scrappy. I’m perfectly fine with that as long as we win.”

Any defensive-minded player you try to emulate? “There is not one specific player. But I liked Dennis Rodman. He was just so good at playing defense and getting rebounds. He could get a rebound any time he wanted.”

Toughest charge you took this season? “Probably against one of my friends, Isaiah Boissard. We play AAU together. He put his shoulder into me. It took a few seconds to get up, but everything was fine. We both laughed about it.”

What are you thinking at the moment of impact when you take a charge? “I’m not worried about getting laid out. You are trying to get the call. I’ll take the hit. I just want the ball back.”

Where do you get your toughness from? “From my family. My dad, brother and mother are all tough. They instilled toughness in me and to never quit.”

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Jakob Woods

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