The recruiting struggles St. John’s has endured recently just took another hit has Bridgton Academy’s Darrick Wood announced his de-commitment from the Red Storm on Thursday, according to Fivestarbasketball.com.
The 6-4 guard joins Jakarr Sampson and Norvel Pelle, who also de-committed from St. John’s. Wood’s scenario is a bit different because Sampson and Pelle were academically ineligible to play as freshmen this season. Wood still attends Bridgton.
Wood’s change of heart couldn’t have come at a worse time for the Red Storm, who are still reeling from the transfer of second-leading scorer Nurideen Lindsay and the absence of coach Steve Lavin who is on a modified coaching schedule while he recovers from prostate cancer surgery.
"It was based off me wanting to make the right decision for my future, me being patient with the whole recruiting process and just putting myself in the best situation,” Wood told Fivestarbasketball.com. "My AAU coaches and parents just told me to take it slow and make the right decision for me. Last time I jumped into it because I thought the situation was right for me."
There is a slither of hope for St. John's that things could change for Wood, who wouldn't rule out signing with the Red Storm in the spring. For now, the floor is open for Wood.
"I wasn't feeling like I was all the way locked in," Wood said to Five Star. "I hope to still hear from St. John's ... Me de-committing doesn't mean that I won't sign with them in the springtime."
Due to NCAA rules, St. John's cannot comment on unsigned players.