After taking an official visit to SMU back in September, Hutchinson Community College small forward Darrick Wood had nothing but great things to say about head coach Larry Brown and his staff and since then nothing much has changed.
With his own season now underway, Wood has shifted his attention from his recruitment to the basketball court but still takes the opportunity to field calls and maintain relationships with coaches.
"It's (recruiting) basically the same thing," the 6-foot-4 athlete said. "I've talked to a couple coaches and stuff like that. I've talked to coaches from Minnesota a couple times. It's kind of hard because our season has started, and I won't be able to take any more official visits until around Christmas break."
Just this past weekend, SMU small forward Jalen Jones sent out a tweet saying he would be transferring after this semester, which opens up another spot for the Mustangs in the Class of 2014.
Wood talked with the SMU coaching staff recently and because SMU's games are airing over the Internet via ESPN3, he plans to keep up with the Mustangs' progress throughout the season.
"I talked to the coaching staff about a week ago," Wood said. "They just told me that they still want me to come to their program and they're still recruiting me. They wished me luck on my season and said that they'll be here to watch as soon as they can.
"I love SMU and their staff. That's all I can really say. No feelings have changed about SMU. To be honest, all the colleges and stuff, that's my main focus but that's my long term goal but right now I'm just focused on this season."
Wood says SMU and Minnesota are the only two schools that have been contacting him with regularity. With the Gophers' new coach Richard Pitino and style of play, Wood says he definitely has interest in the program.
"I'm not biased towards any school, but Minnesota has been on the come up the last couple of years," Wood said. "With their up-and-down, run-and-jump kind of defense and their offense incorporating a lot of pick and rolls and slashing to the basket type things, these are things that I do.
"Their program is very attractive to me because of the style they play. But I've never been there or anything so I can't really jump to any conclusions about any school."
Wood, coming off a serious knee injury, feels he has done well in the games he has played thus far but could have scored a lot more points. With his knee still swelling at times, the three-star prospect says he's playing at around 60 percent and probably won't be at full strength until after the season.
"We've had three games so far," Wood said. "In the first game I had 17 points in the first half, and I didn't get to play that much in the second half. And in this last game versus our rivals, I started the game off with all of our first five points and ended up with 20."
A former St. John's commit, Wood plans on taking the recruiting process slow and will not sign until the spring.
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