Many St. John's fans have been holding out hope on former Red Storm commitment Darrick Wood. Perhaps it's time to move on.
According to J.B. Bauer of Gopher Hole, a site dedicated to University of Minnesota athletics, Wood's struggles to find a basketball home are continuing.
Per Bauer's update, "the highly talented guard and former St. John's commit was at [Palm Beach State] last semester, but did not play. Per discussion with [Palm Beach State head coach Butch] Estes, Wood has now left PBS and the school has given him his release."
Wood first committed to Steve Lavin and the Johnnies in August, 2011 as a projected member of the 2012 recruiting class that is now comprised of the Storm's current freshmen. But when questions arose about his academic standing, he decided to decommit from St. John's last January.
Yet once the spring came around, Wood seemed to be back on Lavin's radar. In fact, after a visit to the school, Wood actually re-committed to the Red Storm, on a verbal basis. Bu after the announcement of other St. John's commitments such as JaKarr Sampson and Chris Obekpa, it was reported in August that Wood would seek to play at a junior college.
The beginning of this school year found Wood at Palm Beach State, where he hoped to gain recognition and become NCAA eligible. As of today, Wood is not listed on the team's official roster. He didn't play all semester and is again on the move.
For the past year, Wood's recruitment has been up-and-down. With this news, it appears that not much has changed.
After seeing the talented guard play alongside former target and current UCLA guard Kyle Anderson, Lavin and his staff became enamored with Wood's skills. St. John's stuck with Wood much like they did with Sampson and Amir Garrett, but the momentum continues to lose steam.
The Rumble will follow this story as updates become available.
UPDATE: Darrick wanted to make some things about his situation clear to us, which can be found below in the comments section of this post.