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July 17, 2013

Wood lays solid foundation for career

Success as rookie likely means bigger chance in Year 2 overseas.

Brandon Wood doesn’t know where he’ll be playing basketball this fall. He’s not worried about it at all.

The former Kokomo Wildkat standout spent last season getting his feet wet in Europe with Alba Fehérvár in Hungary’s top division.

“To be honest, I couldn’t have asked for a better rookie season, as an individual and as a team,” Wood said.

Wood led Alba Fehérvár to the title in the Hungarian cup competition, and followed that with the biggest prize, the league championship. Wood was the finals MVP. It was the first time since 2000 that the franchise had won either — also taking both titles in 2000.

Wood led the team in scoring at 18.7 points per game while adjusting to a role as a full-time point guard.

“I was putting up numbers all year,” he said. “I did my job all year to the best of my ability. That’s thanks to the work I put in and the trust my coaches instilled in me. My coaches and teammates put me in position to be successful. Everyone who knows me knows I’m a scorer and I’m going to try to make plays. That’s just what I do and it worked. We won a championship. I’m anxious to see what’s next.”

What’s next is likely a move up in the ranks in Europe. His next move is still to be decided but he’s put himself in a spot where teams are calling his agent, Mike Naditch.

“His prospects sure have improved, certainly from when he was a rookie,” Naditch said. “Right now he’s a pretty hot item in Europe, mainly in Germany.

“It’s one of those things where he has won a championship and everyone knows it and it makes him more attractive. Hard to say if [a move will be for] a higher-level team, or a higher salary.”

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