Son of Ian and Debra Wood, Stephen was born in Queens NY with brothers Sidney and Shamir (McClancy Alums) and sister Sherra. Stephen also known as “Stix, got his nickname playing in the famous baby Rucker Park tournament being the skinniest kid on the court. Faced with a tough decision in the 8th grade having offers to play for the NYC powerhouse at the time Christ the King or McClancy. He decided to attend McClancy a smaller school where he could leave his imprint on the program and make a name for himself going against the bigger schools.
Stephen certainly made a name for himself as one of the top scorers in New York’s prestigious Catholic High School Athletic Association, cited as the No. 9 player and No. 2 small forward in New York City by NYHoops.com. He netted a career-high 50 points including the game-winning free throws in a 106-105 win over St. John the Baptist during his junior year. He went 8-of-8 from the 3-point arc in scoring 33 points versus Cathedral Prep in the game prior to his 50-point outburst. Both Brother Arnold Tournament records.
After leading the CHSAA “A” Division in scoring his junior year with 22ppg, Stephen earned numerous prep accolades, named All-CHSAA second team by the New York Post and first team All-Queens by New York Newsday as a junior. He averaged 23 points, 8 rebounds and 3assists during his senior year and was selected first team All-Queens by the Times-Ledger and second team All-CSHAA by NYHoops.com. Stephen finished his career as the school’s leading scorer with 1,385 points in three seasons as a starter on varsity. The previous school scoring mark had stood since 1969!
Stephen received numerous college offers and later narrowed down his top three schools to Boston University, Duquesne University and St. John’s University. Ultimately he decided to attend Duquesne University in Pittsburg, PA. Where he played in 25 of 29 games averaging just over 15 minutes per game, scoring his season high 12pts vs #2 (AP) Pitt. Stephen sat out his sophomore year and later transferred to Southern New Hampshire University where he finished off his junior and senior years. Leading the team in double doubles (pts and rebounds) and scoring a college-career high 33 points vs Merrimack College. Stephen was the only NE-10 Conference player to lead his team in rebounds and assists.
Stephen graduated Southern New Hampshire University with a bachelor’s in communication and currently resides in New Hampshire. He is now a proud father of three beautiful girls Zoe Grace (8), Sumner Mae (4) and Zara Dior (2).