David Wood the Latest PBA Alum Making an Impact in the Professional Ranks
September 30, 2011
Written By: Michael Brown, Assistant A.D. for Athletic Communications
WEST PALM BEACH, Fla.- The Palm Beach Atlantic University men’s basketball program has seen yet another of its alumni reach the ranks of professional basketball. The latest former player to suit up on the professional level is last season’s leading scorer, David Wood who is now playing in Ecuador for the Guerreros after closing out his collegiate career as a Sailfish under head coach Terry Primm.
Although his time with the Sailfish was short, having played only his senior season wearing the Blue and White, Wood still left his mark with the program as his electric play turned many heads.
So far this season, Wood leads the league this season in three pointers made and is averaging close to thirty points per game.
Wood led the Fish in scoring last year at 19.8 points per game despite battling injuries throughout the season and was one half of the dynamic scoring duo on the wings, along with Jonathan Lawrence. This duo undoubtedly formed one of the more dynamic tandems on the wing of any in all of the NCAA Division II ranks.
Wood went through a rejuvenation of sorts during his time at PBA. After spending time at Palm Beach Community College (now Palm Beach State College) Wood signed on to play at Florida Southern College. After one season in Lakeland averaging just over 5 points per game off the bench for the Mocs, he made the move to PBA.
When asked about his time at PBA Wood had many positive things to say.
“Coach Primm was the best coach I have played for. He helped me rediscover my passion for the game of basketball. I wear my PBA gear over her as much as I can,” said Wood.
Wood is the third member of the Sailfish men’s basketball program to enjoy a professional career after their time at PBA. David Gabriel, a member of the 2009-2010 NCCAA Regional Championship Sailfish squad signed professionally in Peru and averaged a double-double with 14 points, 11.6 rebounds and 2.5 blocks per game. Hunter Ross, also a key member of the 2009-2010 squad signed professionally to play in Norway.