Pack Taps Pipeline At Marion

North Carolina State is piping in players from Indiana. On Thursday, junior Scott Wood opted to make Tobacco Road his home away from home.

Marion High has kicked out its share of players. The storied program has the second-most state titles in Indiana state history. James Blackmon, Jay Edwards and Zach Randolph are among the schools notable alums. This spring, Julius Mays will graduate and depart for North Carolina State.

In the fall of 2009, he'll have company. On Thursday night, shooter Scott Wood, a 6-foot-5 junior, committed to the Wolfpack. After Miami, Virginia Tech, Butler, St. Louis and a handful of others offered, Wood found it best to run with the Pack.

"Pretty much when they offered I knew that was my main school," Wood said. "Throughout the thing others would offers but I always knew that N.C. State was one of my favorites. "

Wood is presently sitting out. He had surgery on his thigh and missed his 5th game Thursday night. Mays is out as well with appendicitis. The junior pumps in 19 points a game and strokes it 48% from behind the line.

As for Wood, heading to Raleigh seemed like the exact fit he was looking for. "They had a great education (option) in civil engineering. Plus they have great tradition. My high school has 7 state championships and I wanted tradition and style of play; I thought they were the perfect fit for me."

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