It has been exactly one week since Rustburg (VA) forward Marshall Wood gave a verbal commitment to the Virginia Tech men’s basketball program. The excitement he felt last Tuesday has yet to wear off.
“I’m still feeling really great,” said the 6’8″, 210-pound senior. “Virginia Tech is the best place for me to go. I feel at home there.”
Deliberate in his decision-making process, Wood decided he would narrow his choices to three before the fall. He would then take official visits to all three schools, which turned out to be the University of Richmond, VCU and Virginia Tech. What separated the Hokies?
“The family environment,” Wood answered. “The people in Blacksburg are so passionate about Virginia Tech. The atmosphere is impressive. Tech fans are in tune with the games. Tech is a great institution academically, which is important to my parents as well as me. They have a good academic system. The coaching staff, I think they will be able to develop my growth as a person and a man.”
Head coach Seth Greenberg and assistant coach James Johnson played major roles in Wood’s decision. Of Greenberg, Wood said: “I had seen him on TV and stuff, so I kind of had a generalization of how he was. Once I got to meet him in person, I could tell he is a good person and a good man. I guess my relationship with him grew as time went on. Over the summer, he was at my AAU games. He showed me a lot of support and encouragement.”
“Commitment” was the word Wood associated with Coach Johnson, who served as the Rustburg product’s primary recruiter.
“Coach Johnson is always there,” Wood said. “He always checked up on me, called me, and anytime he could make it to my school he would. He showed a big commitment to me, so I wanted to show a commitment to him.”
Wood will sign a letter of intent with Virginia Tech during the Early Signing Period, which lasts from November 9 through November 16. When he arrives on campus next fall, he hopes to be ready to make the transition thanks to his friendship with Hokies red-shirt sophomore quarterback Logan Thomas. The two met after Wood’s freshman year and have been friends ever since.
“He can definitely show me a lot of new things,” Wood...
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