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Rodney Hood declaring for NBA draft, Mike Krzyzewski implies

Mar 17, 2014, 10:00 AM EDT

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Rodney Hood transferred to Duke from Mississippi State seeking a fresh start.

The move worked so well, he’ll probably start anew in another league next season. At least that’s what his coach, who’d be in position to know, expects.

Duke coach Mike Krzyzewski, via Daniel Carp of The Chronicle:

“I wish we had him for more than one year, because the growth that he’s had in this year is terrific, and it’s because he wants to be coached and he takes responsibility,” Krzyzewski said. “Anybody’s who’s willing to take responsibility for his or her actions usually does better, and that’s what Rodney does.”

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Hood stands 6-foot-8 and shoots 41 percent on 3-pointers. That combination will definitely earn him an NBA look. If the rest of his game fills in, he could have a really nice career.

Most projections have him going in the middle of the first round, and that sounds about right. He’d be an excellent fit on good teams seeking a role player, but teams picking in the lottery tend to value more all-around players.

Either way, Hood is a strong prospect who stands to cash in once his strong collegiate season ends.

  1. beavertonsteve - Mar 17, 2014 at 11:25 AM

    His game looks like he’s ready for the NBA. I didn’t realize he had a condition where he gets nauseated at the beginning of games. It came up during the NC State game because it affected him at halftime. I’ve seen it happen in the NFL, but I don’t think I’ve ever seen an basketball player do the on-court puke before. Good for him for playing though it.

  2. timberwolvesbrisin - Mar 17, 2014 at 11:32 AM

    The next Rashard Lewis?

    • archilochusColubris - Mar 18, 2014 at 5:36 PM

      or Mike Dunleavy

  3. spursareold - Mar 17, 2014 at 3:57 PM

    Looks like a good rotation player/role player.

  4. sumkat - Mar 17, 2014 at 5:34 PM

    Sixers would love to get this guy with the Pelicans pick

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