BREAKING: Darrick Wood de-commits from St. John's
Darrick Wood was St. John's lone recruit for 2012
The list of Red Storm de-commitments continues to grow. This afternoon, Brigton Academy star Darrick Wood opened up his recruitment.
"It was based off me wanting to make the right decision for my future, me being patient with the whole recruiting process and just putting myself in the best situtaion," the 6'4'' Wood said in an exclusive with Fivestarbasketball.com. "My AAU coaches and parents just told me to take it slow and make the right decision for me. Last time I jumped into it because I thought the situation was right for me."
2011 commits Jakarr Sampson and Norvel Pelle were both initially signed to start the season for St. John's but were ruled academically ineligble. Since then, both have opened up their recruitment. 2012 recruit Ricardo Gathers, a powerful 4-man from Louisiana withdrew his commitment as well and is now open to the likes of Kentucky and more.
Despite that, Wood was still on pace to join Amir Garret by next fall at St. John's.
"It was real cool with those guys," Wood said. "We all had a personal relationship like we were friends. Me, playing with them, I feel like we could have went far in the NCAA Tournament."
St. John's has endured a tough season. On top of the de-commits, head coach Steve Lavin has been restricted in his activity while undergoing treatment for prostate cancer. Additionally, star guard Nurideen Lindsey left the team prior to Big East play for personal reasons.
During winter break, Wood had a change of heart as well.
"I wasn't feeling like I was all the way locked in," Wood said. "I hope to still hear from St. John's ... Me de-committing doesn't mean that I won't sign with them in the springtime."
In the meantime, Wood expects to hear from a number of schools. Seton Hall, Virginia Tech and Oklahoma State were all previously involved in his recruitment.
"i really have no idea who I expect to hear from," Wood said. "I'm just going to work hard for the rest of my season and hopefully things work out."
Wood would have been ideal for Lavin's full-court pressure system. Known for his athleticism and slashing ability, he should be courted by programs with similar styles.
"I'm a run and gun player, I like to shoot 3's and get out on the fast break," Wood said. "I can penetrate and get into the lane and kick out to my teammates."
With no visits lined up currently, he expects to make a pledge in the spring.
(Check back tomorrow for the full audio interview with Darrick Wood)
Harrison Sanford is a reporter for Fivestarbasketball.com. Follow him on Twitter: @HarrisonSanford
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