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Rodney Hood

  • Position: Shooting Guard
  • Height/Weight: 6-9 / 208
  • Birthdate: 10/20/1992
  • College: Duke
Round 1: Pick 23
Drafted By: Utah Jazz 
 
Prospect Analysis

Strengths

  • Excellent athlete
  • Excellent perimeter shooter
  • Great teammate
  • Unselfish
  • Great size for his position
  • Good understanding of the game
  • Good free-throw shooter

 

Weaknesses

  • Has to get bigger and stronger
  • Has to become a more consistent defender
  • Not a high-level rebounder

 

NBA projection: Hood has been projected by some analysts as a late lottery pick but will not fall farther than the middle of the first round.

 

2013-14 Season

Hood earned second-team All-Atlantic Coast Conference honors in his only season in Durham after transferring from Mississippi State. He finished among league leaders in scoring (eighth), field-goal percentage (fourth), free-throw percentage (ninth), 3-point percentage (first) and made 3-pointers (eight). He was the only player in the league to rank among the top 10 in all those statistics.

 

Key statistics: 16.1 ppg, 3.9 rpg, 2.1 apg, 1.5 tpg, 32.9 mpg, .464 FG, .420 3PT, .807 FT

 

Cool statistic: In his only season in the ACC, Hood led the league in 3-point percentage (.420, 71 of 169).

 

Reminds me of: Rashard Lewis

 

What Insiders Say

Duke coach Mike Krzyzewski

“Rodney had two terrific years here at Duke [counting a redshirt season]. He was an integral part of our team two years ago because he was such a great practice player and this year he was one of the best players in the country. So consistent and a great young man on and off the court. He will do really well in the NBA.”

 

What Outsiders Say

East Carolina coach Jeff Lebo

“Rodney Hood was terrific. I recruited his brother, Ricky Hood, when I was at Chattanooga. Rodney, when I went to his home, Rodney was just a little kid. How about him coming back to haunt me? A 30 point night—he was terrific tonight. He’s a great kid and he’s going to have an outstanding career here [and] when he decides to go on to the next level.”

 

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Hood played one season at Duke after transferring from Mississippi State. Playing off of Parker, Hood posted solid numbers, averaging 16 ppg and shooting 42 percent on 3-pointers. He was a second team all-ACC selection. He puts more than one scout in mind of Calbert Cheaney, who was the all-time leading scorer in the Big 10 before being a top-10 selection in the 1993 Draft by Washington.

 

"He can put it on the floor and take it to the rim," an ACC coach said of Hood. "He's got some length. I would say that he's a mid to late first round kind of guy. He shoots it well. He puts it on the floor. He has some length. He runs pretty well. The thing that concerns me about him is toughness. [But he is] a hard-ass driver." More>>

 

 

-- Profile by Chris Dortch, editor of the Blue Ribbon College Basketball Yearbook. Follow him @cdortch