Everyone deserves a second chance.
Bridgton Academy (ME) guard Darrick Wood has reportedly committed to St. John's, as he mentioned via his Twitter account Sunday afternoon. Wood, a native of Washington, D.C., has been on Steve Lavin's radar for quite some time.
Wood had verbally committed to the Red Storm last August, but his letter of intent never made it to the University before he ultimately rescinded his commitment in January. Almost four months later, the talented guard seems to be joining the Johnnies 2012 class.
Darrick Wood is known for his ability to score utilizing his impressive offensive versatility. Scouting reports commend the guard's "arsenal," which includes both a mid-range and long-range shooting game.
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Lavin and assistant coach Tony Chiles became infatuated with Wood while watching his AAU team, the NJ Playaz. Former target Kyle Anderson was Wood's teammate with the club.
There are, however, major questions regarding Wood's academic standing. The general perception when he de-committed from St. John's was that he did so due to inevitable eligibility issues. As Wood rejoins the Red Storm, such questions still exist.
The Bridgton guard and St. John's coveted center Philip Nolan both visited the University this weekend. Both have been associated with academic troubles, and were believed to be candidates for 2013 reclassification.
If Wood is in fact able to qualify for the 2012-13 season, he will join JaKarr Sampson, Felix Balamou, Orlando Sanchez, and Marco Bourgault as newcomers. Transfers Jamal Branch and Max Hooper will be eligible to play for the Johnnies in December and the following season respectively.
Wood would become the twelfth member of the current Red Storm roster, leaving Lavin and his staff with one available scholarship.