• Ben Hall

Class of 2020 Point Guard Elijah Wood Talks About Commitment to Rhode Island and High School Career

Updated: Jun 16, 2019

Two months after decommitting from Tulane, point guard Elijah Wood committed to Rhode Island.

“It’s the best feeling ever and it’s surreal because people have always told me it was never going to happen,” Wood said. “I just thank God for all the opportunities that he’s put in my life.”

Wood is from Silver Spring, Maryland and is a highly looked up to player in the area.

“It’s a blessing to be looked up to,” Wood said. “Not everybody gets that and when that’s in your hands you have to show the right way to do things.”

The 6’5 guard attends high school at Bethesda-Chevy Chase in Bethesda, Maryland and is apart of the 2020 class.

“BCC has helped me tremendously with my development,” Wood said. ”Our coaching staff has really put me in positions where I can grow and get better.”

Wood plays for District WAWG during the summer in the UAA.

“Playing with WAWG was great because it helped me utilize my point guard skills which gave me more confidence and helped sharpen my skills as well,” Wood said.

He was previously committed to Tulane to play for Coach Mike Dunleavy and his staff. But after Dunleavy was fired, Wood reopened his recruitment.

“Tulane’s coaching staff that recruited me got fired,” Wood said when asked why he decommitted. “I sat down with my family and decided it would be best if I reopened all my options and Rhode Island was there from the jump. I took the official and fell in love.”

Wood committed to Rhode Island right after his official visit he took there in late May. Wood was very impressed by Rhode Island and the way they recruited him.

“Rhode Island staff with Coach Cox and Sutton recruited me heavily from the moment I decommitted,” Wood said. “They always reached out to me and my family and came to all my AAU circuit games.”

Wood is currently the only class of 2020 player to commit to Rhode Island. But they will definitely look to add a few more players to the class.

In two years, Elijah Wood can definitely help Rhode Island become a contender for a national championship.

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