Wood to give up basketball


Rising junior power forward Marshall Wood has decided to give up basketball.

Wood, from Rustburg, VA, averaged 3.8 points and 3.6 rebounds in his two-year career at Virginia Tech.  He told Mark Berman of the Roanoke Times that he was giving up basketball to focus on academics.

Wood was one of our expected transfers that we’ve been alluding to (along with Maurice Kirby) in recent TSL Pass articles, though we didn’t expect him to give up basketball completely.  His departure leaves the Hokies with three open scholarships, assuming Will Johnston’s scholarship is not renewed.

Here’s a look at Tech’s returning scholarship players (assuming Johnston isn’t on scholarship)…

PF C.J. Barksdale, Sr.
C Joey van Zegeren, r-Jr.
SG Adam Smith, r-Jr.
PG Devin Wilson, So.
SG/SF Ben Emelogu, So.
PGMalik Mueller, r-Fr.
SG/SF Justin Bibbs, Fr.
SG Jalen Hudson, Fr.
SG/SF Ahmed Hill, Fr.
C Satchel Pierce, Fr.

As you can see, the Hokies will be a very young team in 2014-15, and they will lack power forward depth.

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  1. Good for Wood to stick it out at Tech as a student. That is impressive.

  2. How could a JUCO trasnfer or Freshman PF not want to come now. Immediate playing time with solid talent at the wing and down in the post. A stretch 4 would really complete this team.

  3. Thanks CC for your 2 recent articles on basketball. These are very exciting times for basketball, and it’s good to be kept informed. Really glad to hear that we might still have a shot at Roddy Peters after July 1.

  4. Chris,

    Why do you continue to bring up Will Johnston not getting his scholarship renewed? Is this something you have been informed about or pure speculation?

    1. Especially if we have as many as 3 scholies open, and we aren’t going to fill them, then Johnston likely retains his scholie. I could see if it was a crunch to fit in a new recruit mentioning it, but it isn’t anymore.

      1. Total outsider here but I’m guessing that with a new coach comes new philosophy on walkons and who gets a scholarship. Johnston earned one under the previous regime but may not be extended that courtesy by the new regime.

    2. The same little birdie who told us months ago that Marshall Wood wasn’t coming back.

    3. That said, if his scholarship isn’t filled by an incoming recruit, he could retain it of course.

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