Darrick Wood, a transfer from Hutchinson Community College in Kansas, will give DePaul some depth in the backcourt this coming season. The 6-5 combo guard, who originally hails from Alexandria, Virginia, averaged 13.6 points per game, 3.7 rebounds and 2.7 assists per game in his only season at Hutchinson.
“With me being 6-5, you can see I can play the one and the two,” Wood said of his versatility. “I bring my combo guard ability and the way I shoot. I bring energy and defense, mainly energy. That was my whole thing coming up. I was always that guy that got everybody going. I want to bring that to DePaul, so we can have a good time out there again.”
In Thursday’s exhibition win over the Lewis Flyers, Wood scored two points on his only shot in just six minutes of play.
Wood was limited due to tightness in a knee. Knee problems have held Darrick back from being able to practice with the team full-time.
“We’re going to nurse him along,” said DePaul coach Oliver Purnell. “He’s got the same doctor as Derrick Rose and (Joakim) Noah from the Bulls. He’s recovering from a ACL from a couple of years ago. He’s got partially torn cartilage in the other knee. He’s safe to go every other day. We’ve just got to manage his minutes.”
Wood, who originally committed to St. John’s while in high school, says that he’s doing well.
“I’m feeling good,” said Darrick. “It’s just good to come out here and play hard and play with my teammates and show our team chemistry.”
Working on the defensive end of the floor has been a focus for the Blue Demons in the preseason.
“I think our defense is coming along from where we started,” said Wood. “Defense is something you can always improve on. You can always improve in the game of basketball. We try to get better every day.”
Wood feels that he can improve on his individual defensive game as well.
“For me it’s trying to get over ball screens on defense, because I’m kind of a skinny guy,” said Darrick. “I’ve got to figure out maneuvers to get over bigger ball screeners.”
“He’s shown that he can be effective,” Purnell said. “He’s got a ways to go defensively. He’s got a ways to go in terms of missed practice time and understanding the offense. Clearly, he’s talented.”
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