Wood Ready for Official Visit

NC State signee Scott Wood has been lighting up scoreboards for Marion (IN) High, and he has led his team to a 9-1 record during his senior campaign.

NC State signee Scott Wood has been lighting up scoreboards for Marion (IN) High, and he has led his team to a 9-1 record during his senior campaign.

"We're doing pretty good," said Wood. "We're 9-1 and we have our second conference game against Anderson [tonight]. I think they are 8-1 so it's going to be a good game.

"It's a big game for us. They have a couple of good players, but I think if we come out and defend and rebound we'll be alright."

The 6'6, 170-pounder has played a major role in Marion's success. He's averaging 27.8 points (fourth in the state), 5.5 rebounds, and 1.2 blocks while shooting 93% from the free throw line, 50% from the field, and 38% from behind the 3-point line. A perfectionist, Wood still believes he can be playing better.

"I think I've played well, but the only thing I can say is I haven't been doing as well with my 3-point percentage," said Wood. "I'm going to try and pick that up."

Earlier in the season starting point guard Jovon Freshwater was dismissed from the team and Wood took over at the position. While he admits the move has hampered his shooting numbers, he knows in the long run the experience will allow him to improve as an overall basketball player.

"I'm running point guard now for us since our starting point guard was kicked off the team," said Wood. "It's a little harder to get my three off like I normally do because I control the ball more. Normally I'll come off screens or spot up with the other guys driving and kicking to me but now I'm shooting it more on my own.

"I'm still shooting around 38%, but last year I was shooting 50% from three before I was injured. The thing is, playing point guard is helping me a lot more than it's hurting me because I'm working on my ballhandling, passing, and decision-making."

In between practice, school, and games, Wood finds time to follow NC State's season. Living in Indiana, he isn't able to watch all of the Wolfpack's games on television, so he tracks the team on the Internet and speaks regularly with the coaching staff.

"I get on Yahoo.com and watch the gametracker whenever I can't get the game on TV up here," said Wood. "I think they've been playing pretty good. There were a couple of games they couldn't pull out but they were right there the whole time. I saw the games against Duke and Marquette... NC State was fighting to the end and if they could pull games like that out their record would be a lot better.

"I also talk with coach Monte [Towe] once or twice a week, and I talk to coach Lowe when coach Towe doesn't call me that week... probably every two weeks. They just are calling to check in and let me know how everyone is doing down there."

Wood also talks with former teammate and Wolfpack freshman point guard Julius Mays. Mays started three seasons at Marion before enrolling at NC State.

"Julius is enjoying it down there," said Wood. "He says he likes playing down there in the games, and he's always expecting a lot out of himself... I keep telling him he's doing good."

Wood, Lorenzo Brown, and Richard Howell comprise NC State's three-man recruiting class and Wood stays in touch with Brown, Howell, and 2010 verbal Ryan Harrow.

"I know Lorenzo is a really great guard and Richard Howell can score points in the paint," said Wood. "We stay in contact through text messages and stuff like that.

"When NC State was recruiting Derrick Favors he came up and played in Muncie which is near my hometown. I went over and checked him out too and spoke with him a little bit. I also saw Ryan Harrow play at a tournament I played in last summer in Milwaukeee. He's really, really quick and a good ballhandler, he was impressive... I text message him sometimes too."

"I think we are bringing in good players," Wood added. "Of course we all have things we can improve on, but we all bring something different to the table, and I think when everyone gets there we can be really good."

Wood will have his chance to watch the Wolfpack in action next week as he'll be taking his official visit on Monday. The Pack hosts Miami on Tuesday night in what should be a big game for both teams.

"I'm going down there Monday for my official visit," said Wood. "We get to miss four days at my school for college days and I'm going to use three of them to take my official visit so I'll be down there until Wednesday. I'm looking forward to going to the game against Miami."

Wood is also fully qualified. He carries a 3.5 GPA and posted a 4.2 for the previous nine-week session.

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