Wood: 'I Know Their History'

Pack Pride spoke earlier this week with Marion (IN) guard Scott Wood and he indicated a decision could be coming soon, and the 6-foot-5 junior verbaled to NC State on Thursday.

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    Pack Pride spoke earlier this week with Marion (IN) guard Scott Wood and he indicated a decision could be coming soon, and the 6-foot-5 junior verbaled to NC State head coach Sidney Lowe on Thursday.

    "I called and committed to coach Lowe tonight," Wood said late Thursday evening. "He was excited, and he welcomed me to the Wolfpack family.

    "I knew NC State was always one of the places I wanted to go to, and I know their history. Julius [Mays] has been talking to me about how we can take our show on the road and do this all again in college. My parents know that's where I want to go so I went ahead and committed."

    Wolfpack assistant Monte Towe was in Marion looking to check in on Wood and NC State signee Julius Mays and helped seal the deal.

    Wood leads the region in scoring, as he is averaging 19 points a game. He chips in five rebounds and a block per game, but his value is his shooting ability.

    He is knocking down 50% of his shots from the field and 89% from the free throw line. Wood has also connected on 61-of-125 3-pointers, a strong 48.8% from beyond the arc.

    Wood knows that he has the green light when the ball is in his hands.

    "My coaches have confidence in me," he said. "I feel like once I cross halfcourt I can take and make a shot. I am pretty much able to shoot from wherever I want on the court. My coaches feel like if I think I can make it, then I need to shoot it and don't hesitate."

    He chose the Wolfpack over offers from Virginia Tech, Miami (FL), St. Louis, Butler, Western Michigan, and San Jose State. Iowa and Florida have been in contact, and Indiana has checked in.

    Scout.com Recruiting Analyst Evan Daniels caught Wood in action at a tournament earlier in the season and believes he fills a need for the Wolfpack.

    "NC State was in need of a guy that could really shoot it from deep and Scott Wood definitely fills that role," said Daniels. "He's had a productive junior season and is shooting nearly 50-percent from three.

    "Wood is more than just a shooter. He's got solid size at 6-foot-5 and is an above average athlete that is capable of putting the ball on the floor."

    Checking in at 6-foot-5 and 170 pounds, Wood is NC State's first commitment in the 2009 class. He will play this summer on the AAU circuit with SYF Players.

    Photo courtesy of the Marion Chronicle Tribune.


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