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You have to give Seth Greenberg some credit. When it comes to recruiting, he doesn't always land the highly touted, top-tier prospects, but he can reel these recruits in with the best of them. Marshall Wood wasn't a North Carolina or Duke quality player but in four years he might be. Wood was a bit of a late bloomer on the AAU circuit. He wasn't identified by most of ACC programs who offered until this past spring.
However, Wood continued to hone his craft and blew up at an AAU tournament in July. After that, his recruiting took off with VCU, Virginia Tech, UVA, ODU, Clemson, and many others fighting to sign this talented small forward out of Lynchburg. After a lot of thought, Wood decided to give his verbal to the Hokies this week, giving them their 2nd commit in the 2012 recruiting class.
Name: Marshall Wood
Position: Small Forward
Location: Lynchburg, Virginia
School: Rustburg High School
Weight: 210 lbs
Offers: Virginia Tech, UVA, Clemson, VCU, Vanderbilt, Wake Forest, Richmond, Michigan, and others.
Prediction Based on Film Evidence
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With Montrezl Harrell already in this class, it was a little surprising to see the Hokies go after such a similar player on paper. However, after watching Wood's film, it's easy to see how the Hokies will use both of them. Wood is a "3" in Greenberg's system. He's a wing player that can line up from outside the arc and knock down the three as well as drive the line and dunk over a smaller power forward.
Wood is a good ball handler, which is surprising at his height. Most of his highlight film is of him dunking so it's tough to tell how good he is on defense or how he will do as a true wing player in college. Wood is also a young junior so he may not be done growing yet. He could end up around 6'9" and 225 pounds before he even enrolls. For such an athletic guy, he would be a matchup nightmare in the ACC for everybody not named Duke or UNC.
Overall, there's a lot to like about Wood even if his ranking isn't quite up to that of Harrell or even Dorian Finney-Smith in last year's class. He's a versatile player who should see playing time early on in his career. He's also a decent outside shooter at 47-percent in high school. That will translate to 30-35% in college more than likely. Needless to say, I like this kid a lot.
Upshot for the Rest of the Class
This 2012 class will enroll next July, which means there is roughly four spots available. The Hokies have a SF and a PF in this class already so I expect them to take a true center and a combo guard with the final two spots. I don't follow basketball recruiting as much as football just because it's extremely hard to follow. But, it does appear that the Hokies are trying to work their magic with a few more highly touted guys. If Greenberg continues to work it on the trail, I have no doubts that he'll sign another great class come Signing Day.
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