Sidwell Friends forward Tiara Wood signs with Furman

June 7, 2013

Sidwell Friends senior forward Tiara Wood (with ball) is headed to Furman. (Preston Keres/For The Washington Post)

Sidwell Friends senior forward Tiara Wood has committed to Furman, a late signee who Sidwell Coach Anne Renninger thinks should have been snapped up long ago.

The 6-foot-1 Wood averaged about 14 points and 12 rebounds last season and was a four-year standout, leading the team each year in scoring, rebounding and blocked shots.

“To find a post player of her caliber this late in the year is a steal,” Furman Coach Jackie Carson said in a press release.

So why was Wood still available?

“I just think [colleges] rely too much on AAU these days and she didn’t play AAU but a few times,” Renninger said. “When she came to Sidwell, she pretty much did sports for us, so they missed her.”

Wood won the shot put in the recent ISL track championship and was second in the discus. She also played a season of volleyball at Sidwell.

Wood concluded her high school basketball career with 1,212 points and 1,060 rebounds.

“She’s a strong kid,” Renninger said. “She’s going to explode in college.”

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