I'm all for second chances, but I'd have a hard time supporting this.
Tony Woods, who was recently granted a release from Wake Forest, is expected to make a visit to the University of Louisville campus this weekend.Woods, who was expected to start this season for the Demon Deacons, had been suspended by Wake Forest following a charge of misdemeanor assault on his girlfriend.
The 6-foot-10 Woods is also hearing from Kentucky. and a story on Foxsports.com quoted his former AAU coach —Norman Parker — saying Auburn, Georgetown, West Virginia, Xavier, Cincinnati and others have also called to inquire.
"I’ve literally gotten about 30 calls about him," Parker told Foxsports. "I’ve been bombarded. He’s a good kid who made a mistake and is sorry. He knows he had a good opportunity with Coach (Jeff) Bzdelik and made a mistake."
"Now he’s going to weigh his options and see what’s best for him."
Woods averaged 4.6 points and 3.2 rebounds last season for the Demon Deacons.
During the assault to which he plead guilty, Woods fractured the spine of the mother of his one-year-old son.
But he can play basketball, as Blogger So Dear pointed out when word of his release first broke.
While Tony Woods did not exactly light up the scoreboard in his time as a Demon Deacon, there was definitely reason to believe that he was going to have a huge impact on this season's team. With the departures of Al-Farouq Aminu, Chas McFarland and David Weaver, Woods definitely was going to get all the minutes he could handle. As he showed in the NCAA tournament against Texas, Woods could do the dirty work in the paint. In that game he had numerous tip dunks and clogged the lane to make it tough for Texas' big men. Even if he did not reach his potential as I expect he would have, at the very least he is a large, muscular body that would've made things a little tougher for opposing offenses.
Woods won't be eligible to play until the spring of 2011. The front court will almost certainly still be in need of some depth at that time, but I really hope this isn't the way we go about getting it.