Anniston, Ala.-- Diante Wood plays high school basketball in the state of Alabama’s smallest classification, but that hasn’t prevented him from picking up an early scholarship offer from an SEC program with Coach Bruce Pearl’s Auburn Tigers being among the first to offer.
Named the Class 1A Player of the Year as a sophomore, he came through with a big performance in the state championship game to earn MVP honors as he scored 30 points, pulled in 13 rebounds and blocked five shots.
A six-foot-four big guard/small forward, the class of 2018 prospect is playing AAU ball for the Georgia Stars, a team that has qualified for the Peach Jam, one of the top tournaments of the summer. He also made his first visit to Auburn to spend time with Bruce Pearl and the rest of his coaching staff.
“I like Coach Pearl,” Wood told Inside the Auburn Tigers. “He lets you run up and down the court and play. I have been talking to Coach Person (associate head coach Chuck Person) and I like him. I?think Auburn is a good school to come to.”
Other early offers are from Samford, New Mexico State and UAB.
Wood averaged 21 points and 12 rebounds this past season, but noted he isn’t satisfied. “Right now I am working on my shot. I like driving a lot into the goal. I?make one move and get by and go score or pass it.”
With Wood leading the way, in the state championship game Sacred Heart defeated Georgiana 95-75, something Wood said his team is proud of accomplishing. “We had a great season with back-to-back state championships. That says a lot about our program.”