Possibly the title of this article could lead you to believe that this discussion will be a comparison between Scott Wood and Vanilla Ice. After all, Vanilla Ice had a movie in 1991 titled, “Cool As Ice.” This is not the case, however. When the North Carolina State Wolfpack beat the Virginia Cavaliers in the ACC quarterfinals on March 15, 2013, Wood reached a milestone that puts him among the all-time best players in the conference.
Wood broke Rodney Monroe‘s N.C. State record for the most three-point field goals. Rodney Monroe’s nickname is “Ice.” In addition to being the 1991 ACC Player of the Year, Monroe was one-half of N.C. State’s legendary backcourt duo, “Fire and Ice.” Chris Corchiani, ranked second on the NCAA‘s list of all-time assist leaders, was nicknamed, “Fire.” On Friday, Wood’s seven three-pointers gave him a total of 326 three-pointers. Monroe’s total amount of three-pointers at N.C. State was 322.
Wood is the quiet three-point assassin on N.C. State’s roster. Although Wood is respected as a lethal outside shooter, he does not receive the same amount of exposure as fellow teammates C.J. Leslie, Richard Howell, Lorenzo Brown and T.J. Warren. Although Wood was not a first team all-conference player like Howell or a pre-season ACC Player of the Year like Leslie, he accomplished something that neither one of this players have done. Wood should not only be viewed as a good shooter. He possesses a unique ability to be consistent from three-point range.
When N.C. State defeated Virginia 75-56 during the ACC quarterfinals, Wood was the primary defender on Virginia’s star player and first team all-ACC selection, Joe Harris. Wood held Harris to 13 points. Harris only completed four of his 13 field goals. Give Woods his due respect. He is a great shooter, an underrated defender and one of the best players to ever wear an N.C. State jersey.