Repsher, Steve, The Washington Times (Washington, DC)
Wake Forest center Woods to transfer
Wake Forest center Loren Woods, who struggled in the shadow of Tim Duncan for two years, said yesterday that he will transfer to another school.
"Loren and I have had several hours of very healthy dialogue and conversations since the season was over," Wake Forest coach Dave Odom said in a telephone interview.
"We went to great lengths to say that he is very, very happy at Wake Forest," Odom said. "He is heading for graduation. Everybody likes him, including the basketball staff. The decision was his."
Odom admitted, however, that Woods has "not made the improvements in basketball we would like to have seen."
Woods completed his sophomore season averaging 8.8 points and a team-high 7.1 rebounds a game.
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