By Jeff Borzello
NORTH AUGUSTA, S.C. – The saga of Tony Woods seems to be nearing an end.
The former Wake Forest transfer and Louisville commit is on the verge of making a choice.
“He should be announcing his decision in the next couple of weeks,” said Norman Parker, Woods’ AAU coach with the Georgia Stars.
Parker said Kentucky, Texas, Cincinnati, Auburn, Texas Tech, Oregon and Xavier are the main schools in the mix, although other colleges have reached out.
Before Woods makes a decision, he needs to get his academics in order for the fall.
“He has to finish up a class,” Parker said. “All that other stuff is irrelevant if he doesn’t finish his course work.”
There were rumors recently that Woods committed to Texas, but Parker refused those reports, saying that Woods merely visited Texas – in addition to Kentucky.
Darrick Wood impresses in front of coaches
Despite having multiple offers and plenty of college attention, the first day of the Peach Jam was still exciting for Darrick Wood.
Wood, a 6-foot-3 guard from the Washington D.C. area, knew exactly who was keeping an eye on him from the sidelines.
“I’m watching the coaches,” he said. “I want more scholarships, man.”
Oklahoma State, Connecticut, Seton Hall, Rutgers, Temple and Virginia all informed Wood they would be watching him at the Peach Jam.
The NIA Prep prospect has offers from Oklahoma State, Seton Hall, Rutgers, Georgetown, West Virginia, USC, Arizona and USC.
“I want a good setting, a family setting,” Wood said. “I want my mom to be able to come see me, and I also want good weather.”
Interestingly, he said location would be a factor – but he wasn’t sure in what way.
“I want to go either really close to home, or really far away,” Wood said.
Physical Martavious Newby looks at two sports
When watching Martavious Newby play for Memphis YOMCA, one immediately noticed his physical brand of basketball and propensity for defense.
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Not surprisingly, it comes from Newby’s attitude on the gridiron.
“This is only my third year playing AAU, but growing up, my physical way just came,” Newby said.
The 6-foot-4 Booker T. Washington (Tenn.) prospect has a great body and good strength, which enables him to defend at one end and finish effectively at the other. He can also known down outside shots and score in transition.
For now, he has offers from Ole Miss, Auburn and Arkansas to play both basketball and football, with Missouri and Nebraska also extending scholarships on the hardwood. Memphis, Arkansas State and Tulane are showing interest.