Diante Wood is an elite student-athlete currently attending Sacred Heart Catholic School in Fort McClellan, Alabama. Diante is one of the most coveted perimeter players in the entire South, currently ranked the #95 player overall in the class of 2018 per Rivals and the #1 player in Alabama for 2018 per Hoopseen. College programs from across the country have no doubt taken notice of Diante’s prolific scoring ability and prioritized him accordingly. Wood is a 6’5 prototype wing that gets buckets in a multitude of ways, scoring in isolation situations off the dribble, from the high post, in transition, or from three off the catch. Diante’s tremendous skillset and feel for the game, along with a strong and athletic frame, give him the tools to be the type of multi-positional player at the next level which has become the rage in modern basketball.
I. AAU & SELF ANALYSIS
EM: Congrats on the great Spring, you turned some heads with your ability. Can you tell us how things are going for Georgia Stars as a team and for you individually?
DW: Everything is good, going into Peach Jam we are the underdogs but we have a pretty good team. I think I’m doing pretty good, I just need to stay humble and keep working every day.
. @1k_youngtrill is the 1A boys championship game MVP with 30 points, 13 rebounds, 5 blocks, 2 assists, 1 steal.
— Chris Allen Brown (@ChrisBrown_AL) March 4, 2016
EM: Can you describe your game for those that are not familiar?
DW: An athletic scorer that likes to attack and create for my teammates, but I can also play multiple positions.
EM: How often do you work on your game?
DW: 3 days a week.
Sacred Heart’s Diante Wood had 43 points and 22 rebounds yesterday (!!).
— Kyle Parmley (@KyleParmley) February 23, 2016
II. ACADEMICS AND OFF-COURT INTERESTS
EM: Can we talk a bit about your interests as a student, what is your favorite subject?
DW: My favorite subject is English.
EM: What do you plan to major in when attending college?
DW: I’m not sure yet what I want to major in, I’ll know for sure when get back to school this Fall.
EM: What are your interests off the court?
DW: I like to play video games sometimes and I hang with friends. I’m also a shoe freak.
— Playmaker Production (@PlaymakerProd) June 27, 2016
EM: Shifting a bit to recruiting, can you tell us which schools have offered?
DW: New Mexico State, UAB, Samford, Iowa State, Auburn, Alabama
EM: Which schools shown interest that haven’t yet offered?
DW: Middle Tennessee State, UNC-Greensboro, Wichita State, Georgia, Tulsa
EM: Any visits or camps lined up in the near future?
DW: I’ll be going to Alabama, Georgia, and Auburn soon, but still working out the exact dates.
EM: What factors are important to you and your family when making your college decision?
DW: I’m looking for the best fit for me in my academics and playing time, and if I fit the school’s program and having a good relationship with the coaches.
Alabama assistant coach Antoine Pettway watched 2018 @shcbball forward Diante Wood go for 25 points & 12 rebounds earlier today
— HoopSeen Alabama (@HoopSeenAL) January 23, 2016
IV. PERSONAL GOALS & ADVICE
EM: Any personal goals on or off the court?
DW: Getting to college and making my parents proud, and make it to the league one day.
EM: Last, if you could give the youth some advice on how to succeed either on or off the court, what would you say?
DW: Never give up in life no matter how hard it is. Life will knock you down but you have to get back up and keep fighting, and if you want to be great you have to put in the work on the court and in the classroom.
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