Senior Prospects

Marshall Wood a 6-8 forward with an unexpectedly good set of outside skills, had a very good showing at the West Virginia Jam Fest over the weekend. Where does West Virginia stand with the Virginia native?

Marshall Wood has "about ten offers" including schools such as Virginia Tech, St. Joseph's, Charlotte, James Madison and Duquesne, but he is hoping the summer AAU circuit and his senior season will result in more. Playing for the East Coast Fusion, Wood is one of the go-to players on a squad that is a staple at summer events.

"I'm looking at a lot of different schools, and I haven't narrowed anything down yet," he said after scoring several key baskets in an ECF win. "I've visited Wake Forest, Maryland, West Virginia and Georgetown in addition to the schools that have offered. I am checking out different schools and finding out more about them."

A rising senior, Wood is still just 16 years old, which raises the possibility of a prep year to further hone his skills. He said that such a season "is definitely a possibility", and that it depends on how his summer progresses.

Despite his height, Wood is more comfortable on the perimeter and outside than he is posting up, as his lean, wiry body frame doesn't lend itself to the low post grind. However, he did show the ability to make strong moves to the basket and finish against contact, converting three conventional three-point plays during one Jam Fest contest. He catches the ball well in the mid-range and can put it on the floor for a couple of dribbles to get to the hoop, but indicates that he wants to improve that area of his game.

"I want to work on my ball handling, so that I can become more versatile as a wing," he noted.

Although a player of his height would be looked at as an inside player by some of the schools on his offer list, he could play on the wing in high Division I circles, provided his game continues to improve. The aforementioned prep year might be the best option for him if he wants to pursue that path, as he would give his still maturing body a chance to fill out while working on other aspects of his game.

West Virginia has continued to show interest in Wood, but with only two scholarships to give this year, it might be a tight squeeze to fit him into this class. Were he to drop back a year, however, the door might open wider.

"West Virginia hasn't offered yet, but if they did, I would definitely be interested," he said.

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