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Elijah Wood, 2020 Four-Star Guard, Makes Surprising Commitment

Center court of an NCAA Tournament basketball court.

PITTSBURGH, PA - MARCH 15: A general view of the court with March Madness signage is seen prior to the start of the game between the Oklahoma Sooners and the Rhode Island Rams in the first round of the 2018 NCAA Men's Basketball Tournament at PPG PAINTS Arena on March 15, 2018 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. (Photo by Rob Carr/Getty Images)

Four-star guard Elijah Wood (no relation to the LOTR star) had offers from across the country, including several Power Five schools. So it came as quite a surprise on Monday when he announced he would be passing up on those schools to join a mid-major program.

Wood announced on Monday that he would be committing to the Rhode Island Rams of the Atlantic 10 Conference. The announcement comes just days after visiting the campus.

Earlier this year, Wood decommitted from Tulane and later took a visit to Ole Miss. But despite offers from Ole Miss, Auburn, Georgia Tech, Texas Tech and many others, he settled on the Atlantic 10 giants.

Per 247Sports, Wood is the No. 104 overall prospect in the country, the No. 9 combo-guard in the country, and the No. 4 prospect from the state of Maryland.

In an interview with Stockrisers following the decision, Wood credited head coach David Cox with bringing a winning culture to Rhode Island.

“Ever since Coach [David] Cox and staff came to Rhode Island they have had nothing but winning history and March madness appearances and I want to be apart of that history,” Wood said.

It's a curious statement to be sure considering that Cox is coming off his first year at the helm, during which the Rams failed to make the tournament.

However, as an assistant to Rhode Island, the Rams made back-to-back NCAA Tournament appearances in 2017 and 2018, upsetting Creighton and Oklahoma respectively in the first round of the two tournaments.