The 6’5 floor general has solidified himself as one of the premier perimeter prospects in the country. Hit the jump as the Bethesda Chevy Chase (MD) sophomore analyzes his game and provides an inside look at his recruitment. .
Wood has been an instrumental piece on both ends of the court in helping his Chevy Chase squad to a 15-2 record this season.
“It’s always room for improvement but so far I feel as though I’ve played fairly well. My coaches at Bethesda Chevy Chase have prepared me very well in the areas of skill set development, defense, film watching, and being mentally prepared for every challenge night in and night out during practice/in games.”
Elijah is an explosive point guard with elite vision that consistently creates easy shots for teammates. With great change of direction off the bounce and the ability to stretch the floor from distance, he’s one of the most skilled prospects in the 2020 class. Defensively, he moves well laterally and displays quick hands to generate tons of live ball turnovers.
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— Ej (@The301Elijah) August 3, 2017
“My biggest strength would have to be my vision on the floor. My initial mindset going into a game is being able to get Miles, Gordon, Kevin, Thomas and the rest of teammates the ball quickly and in good spots where they can score easily. Offensively I’ve had success being able to stretch the floor fairly well, and using my athleticism on both ends to create a spark with a dunk or blocking shots. On the defensive end I play the passing lanes fairly well to get steals.”
Wood’s recruitment already has a national flavor, with offers from St. John’s, Rhode Island, USF, Georgia Tech, UNLV, DePaul, Colorado State, St. Bonaventure, Texas Tech, Texas A&M, Hampton, TCU, Georgia, Auburn, Tulane and Norfolk State.
In addition to those official offers the shifty guard reports interest from Georgetown, West Virginia, SMU, Oregon State, UConn, Oregon, Missouri, Notre Dame, Baylor, Virginia, Providence, Oklahoma State, Kansas State, Purdue, South Carolina, UNC and Kentucky.
His most recent offer being from St. John’s, Elijah was able to make the trip to New York for an unofficial visit as the Red Storm played Duke at MSG.
“Being able to witness St. John’s play Duke in Madison Square Garden and get the victory was classic. The atmosphere was amazing, St. John’s played very well and it was a joy to watch. Unfortunately, I wasn’t able to tour the campus because I had to support my younger brother in his game Sunday morning.”
Wood doesn’t have any more visits lined up just yet, as he’ focused on helping his High School team get to the promise land and adding muscle mass.
“Depending on our state championship run will determine if I’m able to visit anywhere else. Improving my strength is my #1 goal followed by being a lock down defender and displaying my motor for an entire 32 min. My ball handling is solid but I know it can improve to be even tighter.”
Elijah has prototype size, length and athleticism as a lead guard. His vision and ability to create shots off the dribble make him such a threat offensively, but it is Wood’s on-ball defensive potential that make him a truly elite two-way player. He is one of the most complete prospects in the 2020 class and he’s not even close to scratching the surface of what he will ultimately become.