Woods Enjoys Wake Visit

Demon Deacon basketball commitment Tony Woods visited Wake Forest for an unofficial visit this past weekend. Woods spoke with DeaconSports following his visit regarding his trip, his commitment to Wake Forest, and his future Demon Deacon teammates.

"Actually I just got in," Tony Woods said Sunday evening. "I got a chance to run up and down the court with the guys. Just about all the guys were there. Chris Paul came up and scrimmaged. Ish [Smith] was there, L.D. Williams was there, Jamie Skeen, Jeff Teague, James Johnson, Weaver was there, just about everyone was there and a few guys coming like Farouq [Aminu] and Ty Walker."

Along with a pick-up game with his future teammates, Woods also attended the Demon Deacons' football game against Nebraska. "The football game was your typical college football game," Woods noted. "The crowd was into the game and the support for their team was great. It was surprising to see all the people there since Wake was small school."

It was his walk into the stadium prior to the game that stood out, however. "When we were walking in, some people were calling us AT&T and that was the first I had heard of that. I thought about it and that it was the first name of the three of us in our recruiting class [Al-Farouq Aminu, Ty Walker & Tony Woods.] It was crazy. There were a lot of people yelling at us to telling them to bring Wake to the promised land I thought that was all pretty cool."

Although Woods was slated to make his official visit to Wake Forest this weekend along with fellow verbal commits Al-Farouq Aminu and Ty Walker, all three changed their visits to unofficial visits prior to the weekend. "This was going to be our official, but they want all three of us to take it together and Farouq can't do an official yet as he has to take the ACT or SAT before he can visit. He's going to take his ACT sometime soon and we're going to go back October 27th for the Black-Gold game and some All-Star game. I think that will be our next visit."

Although Woods is fresh off of another visit to Wake Forest, he is already looking forward to his October visit as it will give him a chance to get a better look at new Wake Forest head coach Dino Gaudio. "Coach Gaudio is a nice guy, great personality, and all of that," Woods noted. "I've got to know him some, but I haven't seen the coach in practice and when he's on the players, maybe even yelling or throwing out a cuss word at us. I want to see him in those type of situations too."

Woods, who had developed a relationship with former Demon Deacon head coach Skip Prosser prior to Prosser's untimely death, was shocked by the news and took time to recover from the news. "It was tough," Woods said Sunday, "but I feel like with Coach Prosser's death, something great will come out of this in his name."

At first after it happened, everyone was asking are we going to Wake and we were going to see who the next head coach was before saying anything. But they got Coach Gaudio plus we went in and played with them this weekend and they've got some great guys and great coaches. James Johnson is really good, Jeff Teague is just a good, good player, and the other guys are really fun to play with."

Woods will likely play pick-up with the Demon Deacon team on his visit in October as well. In the mean time, he plans to continue to improve his all around game as he prepares to lead his Rome High School back to the playoffs in the 2007-2008 season.

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