Leggett, Wood Make it Official; Will Join Rams in 2020-21

Leggett, Wood Make it Official; Will Join Rams in 2020-21

KINGSTON, R.I. - Rhode Island Head Coach David Cox officially announced that guards Ishmael Leggett and Elijah Wood have signed National Letters of Intent to join the men's basketball team for the 2020-21 season.

Both from the basketball fertile DMV area, The 6-2 Leggett and 6-5 Wood have competed in the high-competitive WCAC and are familiar with one another, having competed at both the high school and AAU levels.

"Ishmael and Elijah are very talented guards who are winners," Cox said. "Collectively, they solidify our backcourt for the future. They both played at the highest level of high school and AAU ball, and they are true competitors. They are going to be great teammates who other players will want to play with, because of their basketball demeanor."

Cox stressed that both players came from strong, supportive families, which has shaped the character of Leggett and Wood.

"Give them credit. We are talking about two guards from the same area who know each other and know each others' games, but winning is the most important thing to both of them," Cox said. "They decided to come here together and play with one another. Neither was turned off by the idea of the other one committing, and it's a testimony to the character of both young men and their families."

Assistant coach Kevin Sutton was the lead recruiter for both men. In Leggett, a guard out of St. John's College, the Rams are getting a player who is dynamic off the bounce and a relentless defender.

"I noticed right away that Ishmael was a competitor with a high-level skillset and a high basketball IQ," Sutton said of Leggett, who is a consensus 3-star recruit. "He was continuously making winning plays for his team. Knowing the Washington, D.C. area the way I do, and knowing the WCAC the way I do, it was clear his skills were transferable to our level of basketball.

"He is the complete package. He is a quality student athlete who comes from an outstanding academic program."

Wood is a combo guard out of Berkmar High School in Atlanta, where he is finishing his high school career. He can initiate the offense or score off the ball. Described as an extension of his coaches on the floor, he is a high-level passer and strong shooter who garnered a four-star rating from 247Sports.com.

"Elijah is a very smooth guard who flows up and down the court," Sutton said. "He has great court awareness and vision. Not only can he see the plays developing, but he has the necessary skillset to make the plays as well.

"Elijah has a lot of the intangibles we look for. He is a young man of high character. He comes from a very good family and he values education. He is very passionate about the game of basketball. He can get into the paint and score. He can make plays for other players and his jump shot continues to improve. His ability to score at all three levels on the floor is going to make him an outstanding player at the University of Rhode Island."