Current St. John's Red Storm verbal commit Darrick Wood is now considering junior college options, reports Adam Zagoria of SNY.tv. Wood, a guard from Bridgton Academy (ME), has been on Steve Lavin's radar for quite some time - and it looks like the waiting will continue.
The Washington, DC native originally committed to the Johnnies last August. When questions arose regarding his pending ability to qualify for what would have been his freshman year at St. John's this fall, Wood decided to de-commit from the program in January.
After training alongside current St. John's forward Amir Garrett last fall at Bridgton while Garrett was ineligible, Wood developed a close friendship with his future Red Storm teammate. Just like Garrett had, Wood vowed to get his grades up and make it to Queens to join the team.
Things looked brighter this past spring when Wood re-committed to St. John's after visiting the school, but rumors were always that he would be a candidate for 2013 reclassification anyway. When the University announced the signing of Lavin's 2012 class, Wood had been left out of the official release - which wasn't to much surprise.
Lavin and Tony Chiles became highly interested in Wood while the two were on the road recruiting NJ Playaz (AAU) teammate Kyle Anderson. Wood is considered a lethal offensive force with high versatility. There's certainly a reason why the Red Storm stayed with the guard through his issues.
Zagoria's report says that Wood is considering attending a junior college before hopefully becoming eligible to play in the NCAA. His options include Northwest Florida.