More interest for McClancy's "Sticks" Wood

News on a couple Msgr. McClancy's seniors: guard Stephen "Sticks" Wood and power forward Nyika Williams ..

If things were "normal," the news might be that when Monsignor McClancy hosts Brookyn's Nazareth High School Saturday in East Elmhurst, N.Y., it will be the Crusaders' alumni night. However, the alum clebration will be overshaddowed since it will be the first game in the U.S. for 6-foot-8 senior big forward Nyika Williams.

Williams emigrated from the Caribeean and enrolled at McClancy, but was declared ineligible by the CHSAA for the first semester.

He will be joining McClancy's leading scorer, senior 6-foot-4, 165-pound swingman Stephen Wood. Wood, known as "Sticks," has been getting additional interest from Division I programs as the season progresses.

"He's heard from Arkansas, UTEP, Cal. St. Northridge, South Florida, St. John's, George Mason, to name a few," said assistant coach Louis Xifaras.

Wagner, Hofstra, and Drexel have also shown interest in Wood, who was on that list of rising seniors rumored to be changing schools for their final prep season. Unlike some others, Wood returned.

Nazareth is led by the CHSAA Class A's leading scorer, Mike Hill who is averaging 22.1 points per game. Teammate Xavier Gonzalez's 16.7 ppg is good for fourth in the league.

Wood is second in the league at 21.9 ppg. McClancy's point guard Perry Opong is averaging 15.1, sixth in the CHSAA.


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