Cardinal Basketball

Tony Woods Committed To Louisville, Pitino Still Unsure

Excerpt From Jody Demling’s Recruiting Blog:

>Former Wake Forest basketball player Tony Woods is hoping to enroll at the University of Louisville in January.

Woods, who recently pleaded guilty to a misdemeanor charge of assaulting his girlfriend, visited Louisville over the weekend.

His former AAU coach Norman Parker said he “really likes Louisville a lot.”

“He wants to be there,” Parker said. “But coach (Rick) Pitino is doing a lot of background checks on him and right now. Tony is just going to worry about fulfilling his community service (punishment) and getting that in order. If Louisville wants him, I would imagine that he’ll be there in January. Coach Pitino is talking to a lot of people.”

Louisville spokesman Kenny Klein said that – as in the case of high school recruits – NCAA rules prohibit Pitino from talking to the media about potential transfer prospects until they are enrolled in school. Parker said Woods also isn’t speaking to the media.

A 6-foot-11 center originally from Rome, Ga., Woods averaged 4.6 points and 3.2 rebounds as a sophomore last season at Wake Forest.

He’s a former top-50 high school prospect. If he enrolls in January would be eligible at the semester break of the 2011-12 season. Parker said more than 30 schools called to inquire about Woods’ availability, including Georgetown, Kentucky, Xavier, Cincinnati, Auburn and West Virginia.

“He liked Louisville a lot and he has family there,” said Parker, noting Woods has an uncle that lives in Louisville.

Woods was suspended by the Wake Forest basketball program and later granted a release after the Labor Day incident involving his girlfriend, who suffered a spinal fracture.

The Winston-Salem Journal reported that after the incident he was dismissed for the rest of the semester by the university student ethics and honor council. The paper reported that the victim was Courtney Lorel Barbour, who shares an apartment with Woods. They also have a child together.

Woods was sentenced to 100 hours of community service pleading guilty to pushing her down.

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Glad to see Rick is doing his homework before accepting this kid into the program. The Cards could really use Woods size and athletcism, but the assault charge is a big red flag to his character.

Woods was ranked the #3 center in the 2008 class.

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