Woods plans transfer to Louisville

Tony Woods, expected to start at center for Wake Forest this season, plans to transfer to Louisville, InsideTheVille.com learned Sunday afternoon. Woods' former AAU coach explained why the 6-10 center wants to play for Rick Pitino's Cardinals.

Tony Woods, who was expected to start at center for Wake Forest this season, plans to transfer to Louisville this January, according to his AAU coach.

"He plans to enroll at Louisville in January," said Norman Parker, Woods' former AAU coach. "He's going to focus on getting his community service and all that stuff worked out now. He's got some obligations that he's got to fulfill, but it looks like come January he's going to Louisville."

Woods, who recently plead guilty to misdemeanor assault charges, made an official visit to Louisville this weekend.

Tony Woods plans to transfer to UL. (AP)
"He had an excellent visit," Parker said. "Coach Pitino is doing an investigation and making sure what needs to be done and they have encouraged him to make sure he takes care of all his obligations from his [plea agreement]. I know [Pitino] has talked to all the people involved, including Wake Forest."

Woods, who has family in Kentucky, will sit out the 2010-11 season. Woods will be eligible to play for the Cardinals at the end of the fall semester next season.

"Tony would like to go to Louisville. That is his plan," said Parker. "Tony seems to be real pleased with the school, the facilities, and he really likes the coaching staff. He is very appreciative that Coach Pitino would give him an opportunity as long he fulfills all of his obligations.

"He's got family in the Louisville area and he wants to get away from North Carolina and try to put that behind him. Having family there had a lot to do with it, and [Louisville] willing to [accept] him."

Parker said Woods told him he's appreciates Pitino giving him another chance, provided he takes cares of his off-court obligations related to his assault charge.

"He tells me he's set on Louisville," Parker said. "He knows he's made a mistake and wants to take care of his punishment and then be able to move on in January."

Woods, a former Scout.com Top 50 prospect and a Jordan Brand All-American, played in all 31 games at Wake Forest last season, helping lead the Deacons to the second round of the NCAA Tournament. He averaged 4.6 points and 3.2 rebounds for a 20-11 team.

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