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Talented 2018 Hoops Prospect Diante Wood Has Auburn On Top

Top 2018 hoops prospect Diante Wood talks about his recent visit to Auburn and what stands out about the Tigers.

Anniston, Ala.--The two-time Class 1A Player of the Year, 6-6 shooting guard/small forward Diante Wood from Sacred Heart, has been a frequent visitor to Auburn since getting an offer as a sophomore.

Averaging 18.6 points, 9.2 rebounds and 3.5 assists as a junior, Wood won the MVP of the state tournament as Sacred Heart won for the third straight season. In the title game against South Lamar he scored 27 points with six rebounds, five steals and four assists.

Last weekend he was back on the Plains at a shooting camp and to spend time with Coach Bruce Pearl, Chuck Person and the rest of the Auburn staff and left with the Tigers at the top of his list.

“It was a great visit,” Wood said. “It was great to be on campus because they have a great campus. It was great to talk to Coach Person and Coach Pearl and just to be with some of the other recruits.

“It’s just because they are a good school and I have a really strong relationship with Coach Person,” he said of what has the Tigers on top. “I feel like Coach Pearl is building something there now, it’s becoming more of a basketball school.”

Bringing in players like Mustapha Heron, Danjel Purifoy and Austin Wiley in the last few seasons and adding Davion Mitchell and Chuma Okeke this year, Auburn’s program has grown immensely from a talent standpoint and Wood said that’s definitely intriguing for him.

“That’s big,” he said. “It says that Coach Pearl is getting the job done and they are trying to win.”

A team that wants to be up-tempo and get up and down the court, Auburn does things similar to the way things are done at Sacred Heart. Because of that Wood said the coaching staff believes it would be a smooth transition to life on the Plains.

“He said he loves to let his players get up and down the court,” Wood said. “They said I fit in well.”

Still looking at Alabama, South Florida and Wichita State and with a trip to Georgia coming up this weekend, Wood said he’s planning on making his choice soon after the summer.

“I’m going to make my decision sometime in November,” he said. “I want to make it before my senior season starts.”

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