Sunday, July 3, 2011

Christian Wood - Orally commits to UNLV

Christian Wood orally commits to the UNLV 2013-14 class
(Video fixed 10:30a.m.)

Points of emphasis about his recruitment
  • Appreciates the reputation and tradition at UNLV
  • Believes UNLV is young and on the rise
  •  Looked at the Rebels due to AAU coach’s relationship with Stacey Augmon
  • Says looks forward to having Augmon as a mentor, aspires to be similar type of swingman player, appreciates him having helped develop Carmelo Anthony and J.R. Smith
  • Appreciates that Augmon was a NBA player, what he brings to the table
  • Wanted to pick a school close to home (Palmdale, CA)
  • May attend Finlay Prep this coming season
  • Major point (hidden in plain sight): Looks at the UNLV coaching staff and sees the former coaches of both Jimmer Fredette and Kawai Leonard, both NBA lottery picks

Christian Wood is 6’8”, entering his junior year, and plays power forward currently at William J. Knight High School in Palmdale, CA. As exhibited in his game footage he has an excellent 3-point-shot and dunks with regularity and authority. He has been described as extremely athletic for his size, and has been compared with Kevin Durant for body type. Overall, he has been described as a cross between Austin Daye and Tracy McGrady. By his own admission, he needs to build strength so he can rebound and fight for loose balls. Missed all but three games of last year’s high school season with a broken wrist. At his age, growing taller is still within the realm of possibility, but even if he does not grow another inch, he is the correct size for a power-forward. His shooting range will draw the defense out, allowing better looks for his teammates. He has the potential to be a 1st team all-MWC type of player, and a good shot at being selected and competing at the next level. This is excellent news for UNLV and for Christian Wood and his family, he figures to be a prominent key to the Rebel’s future.

  • lists him as a 4-star prospect, 33rd best player overall and 9th best power forward
  • lists him as a 4-star prospect (94 points), 37th best player overall and 11th best power forward
  • lists him as a 3-star prospect
  • Neil Neves @ Coast 2 Coast recruiting believes by the time 2013 arrives Wood could be the #1 west coast prospect.
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Interview done by West Coast Hoops – May 22, 2011 (Topic, recruiting, people who influence his decision)

Christian Wood and others at Pangos spring showcase:

Highlight mixtape

Highlights from 2011 Memorial Day tournament (he’s wearing #3)

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