September 27, 2012 in Professional
Brandon Wood, who played one season at Michigan State after starting his college career at Valparaiso, will play professionally in Hungary next season. Wendell Maxey of Ridiculous Upside recently wrote about how Wood got that opportunity:
The former Arizona Wildcats guard (Josiah Turner) who left the program after his freshman year, asked for his release from the team due to “personal reasons” according to the team.
One man’s loss is another man’s gain.
Turner is out.
Brandon Wood is in.
Wood graduated from Michigan State last year after transferring from Valparaiso. The 6’2 guard averaged 8.8 points, 2.8 rebounds and 1.9 assists per game in 26.2 minutes per game for head coach Tom Izzo.
Although Wood did not attend the Portsmouth Invitational or receive an invite to the Chicago Draft Combine, even his request from NBA teams for individual or group workouts were few and far between. Only the Milwaukee Bucks had him in for a work out and a return session.
It as easy to grow frustrated by the process, but Wood knew that would not help his cause.
This is a great example of just how competitive spots for import players are internationally. If one isn’t quite the right fit after signing, teams will move quickly and find many suitors in a deep and willing pool of replacements.