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Valparaiso’s Wood visits Michigan State

Updated: September 24, 2012 6:25AM



It’s starting to look more and more likely that Brandon Wood’s career at Valparaiso is nearing its end.

Wood, the all-Horizon League first-team guard and Valparaiso’s leading scorer each of the past two seasons, visited Michigan State with his family on Monday. Wood, who graduates this month and therefore wouldn’t have to sit out a year if he transferred, is weighing whether to stay at Valparaiso or leave for Michigan State, Purdue or Tennessee.

His name is still entered in the NBA Draft, but Wood acknowledged Tuesday that he’s likely to pull out before the May 8 deadline.

“There’s a chance I stay in the draft, but it’s not a very big chance,” Wood said. “I’m probably going to pull out.”

Michigan State, which gave Wood a tour of the campus and its academic and athletic facilities on Monday, continues to be the front-runner for Wood’s services. Michigan State coach Tom Izzo appears very interested in adding the experienced, high-scoring Wood for a year. He’s also spoken “a few times” with Spartans star Draymond Green.

Contrary to previous reports, Wood said Izzo first contacted him, not the other way around.

“This was his idea in the first place,” Wood said. “When they got word I was considering that option, he got a hold of his compliance office as soon as he heard it and asked if I’d be eligible to come there and play.”

Wood hasn’t decided whether he’ll go on any other college visits, but insisted he’s not leaning in any direction yet.

“I haven’t made a decision yet, I’m still open,” he said. “There’s no timetable.”

Wood said he’s been keeping in regular contact with VU coach Homer Drew and associate head coach Bryce Drew, updating them on where his recruitment stands.

“It’s not awkward at all,” Wood said. “We have a very good relationship, me and him and Coach Bryce. Our relationship has never changed, and it never will change. It’s never going to be awkward.”

Wood said he’s not concerned about blending into a new offense with a new coach with only one season of eligibility left, saying, “I think I’ll blend in wherever I’m at.” He said the whole re-recruiting process has been a validation of his efforts over the past several years, from his time starring at Kokomo High School, to his short stint at Southern Illinois, to his year at Highland Community College to his two stellar seasons at Valparaiso.

“I’m just thankful and blessed to be in this position,” Wood said. “It’s obvious just by the people who’ve contacted me that my hard work has paid off. I’ve gotten better; I haven’t gotten complacent, and it’s known. People know that I put in the work and I feel blessed just to be in this position, to have an opportunity to play with some of the best programs and best colleges in the country.”



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