Wood Claims Offer

NC State is looking for a perimeter shooter in the 2009 class and it appears Marion (IN) standout Scott Wood is a target as he is now claiming an offer from NC State and a host of schools. The Wolfpack appears to be in great shape.

On Monday, Scott Wood made an unofficial visit to SLU.

"It was pretty good," Wood said. "I enjoyed myself. They are doing good stuff over there. They are doing a good job of working with the players they have. They are bringing in a good group of players for next year."

A 6-foot-5, 165-pound junior shooting guard at Marion (Ind.) High School, Wood said he has scholarship offers from North Carolina State, Virginia Tech, Miami (Florida), Butler, Western Michigan, Saint Louis and San Jose State.

Wood said Indiana University has talked about offering after watching him practice a couple weeks ago. Ball State and Miami (Ohio) have talked to him as well.

He also said he is likely to make a commitment sooner rather than later.

"I wanted to commit in January, sometime in January," Wood said. "That's kind of been pushed back because of some things will school. I wouldn't be surprised if I still committed in January."

Wood said he wants to make sure whatever school he chooses is still an option for him when the time comes to make a decision.

"I don't want to commit too early," Wood said, "but I don't want to get left out if some other people commit early."

Wood said his favorites are NC State, Saint Louis, Miami (Florida) and Butler.

"I like NC State a lot," Wood said. "(The coaches) have been very nice to me."

Another factor that helps the Wolfpack is that one of Wood's teammates at Marion — senior point guard Julius Mays — committed to NC State in November of his junior year of high school.

As for Saint Louis and first-year coach Rick Majerus, Wood said, "you can never count Rick Majerus out of anything."

Wood said he hasn't been to Miami (Florida) yet, but he likes the coaches.

He also likes the Butler Bulldogs.

"I like their style and they are starting a winning tradition," he said.

As for what he is looking for in a college program, Wood said his major (either civil engineering or architecture), a winning tradition, the coaching staff and style of play are important factors.

The number of college programs recruiting Wood indicates the kid can play. His best attribute is he perimeter shooting, and he recently tied the Marion High School record for his 3-point marksmanship.

On Friday against Logansport, Wood made eight of 13 3-point attempts on his way to 28 points. On Saturday against Mississinewa, Wood connected on seven of 13 3-point attempts and scored 21 points.

His seventh 3-pointer in that game gave him 120 for his high school career, which tied the Marion school record for 3-pointers set by 1989 graduate David Anderson.

The Marion Giants are 11-2.

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