Elijah Wood, a four-star Class of 2020 guard, announced his commitment to the University of Rhode Island Monday morning on Twitter. The former Tulane commit parted ways with the program after Green Wave head coach Mike Dunleavy was fired. Wood is currently the 105th nationally ranked prospect and 22nd among shooting guards, according to Rivals.
While listed as a shooting guard, Wood is more of a 6’5 combo guard (much taller than your typical hobbit). He prefers to have the ball in his hands to operate as a playmaker. The Maryland product is an excellent passer and uses his elite athleticism to make plays for himself at the rim, including some high-flying dunks. Wood has also made a name for himself on the defensive end where his vertically makes him a threat to block shots no matter who has the ball, while his length and quick feet allow him to lock down opponents on the perimeter.
Wood is the first piece of Coach David Cox’s 2020 recruiting class. The Rams are coming off an 18-15 season after back-to-back Second Round appearances in the NCAA Tournament in 2017 and 2018. Rhode Island will hope to bounce back this season and welcome Wood into the program on a high note in the Summer of 2020.