Brandon Wood, a first-team all-Horizon League guard and Valparaiso's leading scorer this past season, reportedly met with Tom Izzo on campus Monday and is weighing a transfer to Michigan State, Purdue or Tennessee. If Wood opts to leave Valparaiso, he'd be eligible immediately at his new school because he's on pace to graduate this month.
Wood said it was Izzo who initiated contact with him and not the other way around.
"This was his idea in the first place," Wood told the Post-Tribune. "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."
The potential addition of Wood would be an ideal fit for a Michigan State team that would otherwise start next season disconcertingly young at wing. Wood would fill a void on the roster and likely contend for a starting job, yet he would not impact the Spartans' pursuit of top recruits in the 2012 class.
Whether Wood joins Michigan State, remains at Valparaiso or heads elsewhere probably won't be determined for a few days. First he must formally withdraw his name from the NBA draft by Sunday's deadline, probably a mere formality since he's not projected to be selected.
Wood averaged 16.7 points, 4.3 rebounds and 3.1 assists last year at Valparaiso, actually a slight drop off from what he produced the previous year. Even if he merely approaches those numbers at Michigan State, the Spartans would be thrilled to have him.
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