One of the West Coast's top prospects in 2013 is off the board, as 6-foot-8, 175-pound Palmdale (Calif.) Pete Knight power forward Christian Wood has committed to UNLV.
His SoCal All-Stars AAU coach, Kenny Story, confirmed the news.
"He wanted to be close to his family," Story said. "His family all lives in Palmdale (Calif.), which is two and a half hours from UNLV. His mom, uncle and family members will be able to come to home games. They'll be right there."
The new UNLV coaching staff had a big role in the commitment, according to Story.
"He was very impressed in the young coaching staff," he said. "He told me that Stacey Augmon reminded him a lot of him. He was in the NBA 14 years and was also a Denver Nuggets assistant coach and helped develop Carmelo Anthony and J.R. Smith and Arron Afflalo.
"The young coaching staff is what was really appealing to him. He wanted to be the first recruit to go to UNLV."
While he's still enrolled at Pete Knight, there have been rumors that Wood is headed to Henderson (Nev.) Findlay Prep, which appears likely.
"It's not determined yet but there's a good chance," Story said. "I would definitely think he'll be going to Findlay."
Scout.com national recruiting expert Evan Daniels speaks highly of Wood, who Scout.com ranks 33rd in the 2013 class.
"Wood broke out recently at the Nike Elite 100 and is a guy that has a bright future on the court," Daniels said. "Offensively he's skilled, likes to face up for jump shots and he moves up and down the floor very well."
Christian Wood is UNLV's first commitment in the 2013 recruiting class.
Wood off the board
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