He’s a rising star on the Maryland high school basketball radar. This 6’5” point guard soars through the air for highlight reel dunks. He stuffs the stat sheet, and leads a Maryland state title contending team — and he’s just a sophomore.
Meet Elijah Wood, Maryland’s next big time basketball recruit.
Wood, a four-star point guard who is ranked 68th in the nation among 2020 recruits by Rivals, is in first year at Bethesda-Chevy Chase High School (B-CC) in Bethesda, Maryland. B-CC is a public school in Montgomery County, one of the state’s most competitive counties in basketball.
Wood transferred to B-CC from St. Andrew’s Episcopal School in Potomac, MD after his freshman year. He had his breakout during the summer of 2017 on the AAU circuit, as he went from a relatively unknown young player to a heavily hyped up young player.
As his sophomore season began, Wood struggled mightily. Wood was the main source of turnovers on a B-CC team that committed an obscene number of them in the early part of the season.
After starting the year with a 3-2 record, B-CC played Bullis, a private school currently ranked 12th in the D.C. metro area by The Washington Post. B-CC defeated Bullis, and saw the team finally click, led largely by Wood. In that game, Wood scored 11 points with six assists and four blocks.
That victory kick-started an ongoing 16 game win streak for Wood’s B-CC team. In this win streak, Wood has shown off his skill set and flashed his immense potential.
Wood’s game is highlighted by his court vision. He is 13th in the D.C. metro area in assists with 103 as of February 18. His highest assist total in a game this season was 11, a game in which he scored 10 points and had five rebounds. The touch and precision he can put on his passes is a marvel to watch. As shown by the turnovers, thought his passing can be somewhat inconsistent.
In fact, a lot of the turnovers he committed early in the season came as he saw possibilities that did not materialize, his coaches at B-CC said.
Wood is developing as a scorer, and is averaging 10.9 points this season, though he is on a team where he is not the number one scoring option. Wood’s main role is to distribute and run the offense, especially dishing it to the team’s big men. The biggest downfall to Wood’s scoring ability is he doesn’t currently have a reliable three-point shot in his arsenal.
The sophomore does have a dynamic ability of getting to the basket, and he often shows it off with highlight reel dunks. Wood is often able to create a steal, and get into open space, before throwing down a dunk, most notably nailing a windmill earlier this season.
Wood’s athleticism doesn’t just translate into transition dunks. He uses his athleticism to drive to the basket, and also contest shots at all five spots this season despite being a point guard. He is currently 13th in the D.C. metro area in blocks, with 34. Being a lockdown defender is something Wood takes pride in.
Wood displays all the aspects of his game in his midseason highlight video.
Wood took an unofficial visit to St. John’s on February 3rd, and saw the Johnnies upset Duke.
St. John’s made a scholarship offer to Wood on January 19th.
Though obviously early in his recruiting process, St. John’s is on his list of favorites. “I love what I’ve seen from West Virginia and St. John’s so far,” Wood told me. “I really like those two, those are my priority right now.”
Wood told me that St. John’s is in his top five just a few days after he returned from his unofficial visit.
Got to speak to 2020 @247recruiting #81 overall player @The301Elijah briefly about his @StJohnsBBall visit over the weekend, where he saw the upset win over Duke. Told me that St. John’s is definitely in his top five right now, and that he really enjoyed the visit.— Matt Cohen (@Matt_Cohen_) February 6, 2018
Georgetown is also one of Wood’s favorites. “I love Patrick Ewing, how Coach [Robert] Kirby has come in and told me bad things about my game and what I can work on to get better,” Wood said of Georgetown.
Wood has had more recruiting activity with Georgetown that any other school combining visits to campus and visits from coaches. He attended Georgetown’s game against Villanova earlier this season. Wood sits on the right in the photo below at the Georgetown game.
The first two offers for Wood were Georgia and TCU, both coming on April 25, 2017.
Wood also has offers from Auburn, DePaul, Georgia, Georgia Tech, Hampton, Norfolk State, Rhode Island, St. Bonaventure, TCU, Texas A&M, Texas Tech, Tulane, UNLV and USF. Coaches have routinely attended practices, and he has received coaches visits from Georgetown, Seton Hall, Marquette, Oregon State, South Carolina, UConn, Maryland, Purdue, Pittsburgh, and UCF.
Wood has taken two unofficial visits to Georgetown, one to St. Joesph’s, one to George Washington, one to West Virginia (for the West Virginia/Kentucky game) along with the one to St. John’s.
Wood has been receiving interest, but no offers yet, from some of the nations top programs, namely West Virginia, UNC and Kentucky. Wood said that Kentucky will be coming to his AAU games later this year.
It came as no surprise when Wood told me that the schools he had higher interest in at this point are the ones he has actually visited. Wood said that he plans to visit other schools on his list down the road. “Anyone who will come talk to me some more, I’d be happy to go see what they have. I really want to get out to visit more, just to experience the college feel,” Wood said.
It’s clear that Wood has a lot of potential, and being just a sophomore, he will have time to develop into a better player before stepping on campus at whichever school he chooses.
If the pass-first guard can fill out his 6’5” frame in the weight room, he could be even tougher to stop. His recruiting process still has a long way to go, but for now, St. John’s is certainly a contender to land this high ceiling point guard.