Elijah Wood Nebraska's newest signee
Elijah Wood signs with Nebraska. Courtesy of NU Communications

Elijah Wood, a 6-foot-6, 180-pound guard from Potomac, Md., signed Wednesday with the Nebraska basketball team. Wood is the last addition to coach Fred Hoiberg’s 2020-2021 roster.

“Elijah is a versatile guard who can play several spots in our system,” Hoiberg said in a press release. “He has the offensive skillset to create his own shot and the athletic ability to finish at the rim. He also will help us defensively, as he possesses the length and size to guard multiple positions.” 

Wood planned to attend Hargrave Military Academy but reclassified from the class of 2021. Rivals and 247 Sports both ranked Wood among the top-150 players in the country. Wood was also ranked a four-star recruit by both websites before he dropped out of the AAU basketball circuit after his junior season.

Wood averaged 11 points, 5.4 rebounds, 4.1 assists and 1.8 blocks per game his junior year at Bethesda-Chevy Chase High School in Montgomery County, Md. He also earned five or more assists eight times and in 12 of 19 games he put up double figures. 

The new recruiting class includes Kobe Webster, a grad transfer from Western Illinois who averaged 17.1 points in the 2019-2020 season, along with transfers Trey McGowens (Pittsburgh), who has two years of eligibility, and Trevor Lakes (University of Indianapolis) who has one year of college eligibility left. 

In addition, Teddy Allen and Lat Mayen both transferred into the class from junior colleges. Allen, a 6-foot-5, 215-pound shooting guard from Western Nebraska CC and Mayen, a 6-foot-8, 195-pound power forward from Chipola College in Marianna, Fla. 

Wood and Eduardo Andre, a 6-foot-10, 220-pound center from London, England, are the only freshmen in the class. Andre averaged 12.3 points, 11.5 rebounds and 4.3 blocks per game his junior year at Woodrow Wilson High School in Dallas, Texas, where he played two seasons.

Nebraska opens up its season November 2 in an exhibition game against Peru State.

Abby Barmore is a senior sports media and communications major with minors in business administration and English at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. She is from Lincoln, Nebraska and aims to be a sports journalist.