HYATTSVILLE, Md. -- St. John's (Washington, D.C.) is keeping the point guard pipeline rolling along, and the next young, emerging star is Tre Wood, Class of 2018, from Upper Marlboro, Md.
Currently, Wood is playing with a loaded St. John's backcourt, which includes Anthony Cowan, the Maryland commit, Jeff Dowtin and Dejuan Clayton, in the DeMatha summer league this month.
These three seniors are excellent players who Wood has been prepping behind and learning the ropes from them each day at practices and in games. If Wood continues to develop at his current rapid pace, he should be in line to start the 2016 season at point for the Cadets.
July will be an important month for Wood as he will be running the show for Team Takeover, and all eyes will be focused on this rising sophomore. They will see a talented player with excellent quickness and incredible first-step explosion. He is equally comfortable driving the lane for an easy floater, or pulling up for an open jumper when the defense sags.
Wood is tough to defend out of the pick and roll, and has great vision to see open teammates anywhere on the floor. He does not quite have the vision of Cowan yet, but once you watch him play, you can see he is trying to emulate Cowan's unique ability.
Wood admits he has a few flaws that need to be ironed out before he is ready for major college ball at the highest level. He isn't comfortable or confident enough with his outside jumper. And his man defense needs more intensity and focus at times. He needs to translate his offensive quickness to the defensive side of the ball. Wood's quick-twitch ability and arm length could fill opposing team's passing lanes, creating turnovers to create easy buckets in transition for himself and teammates.
Wood already seemingly has the willingness and hunger seen by the work put in the gym each day. And on the court, he is a comfortable leader, poised beyond his years.
Colleges coaches have not quite yet begun knocking down his door, but his time to shine is soon to come as he continues his maturation behind Cowan and Co.
Wood is 5-10, 170-pounds, and in the game we scouted this week, he scored 11 points in about nine minutes of play, hitting 5-of-7 shots from the field and 1-of-2 FT attempts. He also added three assists. Wood had a nice, feathery touch on his floaters in the lane, and was super-quick in the look that we got.
Meet St. John's Next Top Point Guard
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