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Player Preview: Derrick Woods

Griffin will give the Bonnies another long, athletic player...just like Schmidt likes.

Griffin will give the Bonnies another long, athletic player…just like Schmidt likes.

Player: Derrick Woods, 6-8, 225 lbs, Freshman Forward.

The Low Down: Woods comes to Bonaventure as a bit of an unknown. He is definitely going to be a project but his height and athleticism creates the type of forward that has been staples on Mark Schmidt’s Bonnies teams. He definitely needs to put on a few pounds of muscle, which is typical of most freshmen and hopefully he’s begun this process over the summer. His track and field background means that he can jump out of the gym, but he is new to basketball and Schmidt’s playbook and philosophy is not for the weak of heart. He will have to learn quickly and be ready to jump in the deep end of the pool from day one. The lack of quality big men will mean that Woods may need to step up quickly but if he can’t figure out what is happening, he may enter Schmidt’s doghouse; something the Bonnies cannot afford. 

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A member of the class of 2008, Nolan spent four years as a student assistant with the program. He has written professionally for such outlets as espn.com/insider, Athlon Sports Magazines, Cox Sports Online and Blue Ribbon Previews. Ian was named one of the “140 Personalities to Follow in College Basketball” on twitter by The Sporting News.