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Kentucky’s James Young, Duke’s Rodney Hood declare for NBA draft

Apr 17, 2014, 5:57 PM EDT

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Two swingmen likely taken in the first round will be entering the NBA Draft.

Kentucky’s James Young made it official, declaring through the university he is going to enter the draft.

Duke’s Rodney Hood will join him in this draft class, reports Adrian Wojnarowski of Yahoo Sports.

Young has good NBA size, 6’7” with a 6’11” wingspan, and he is extremely athletic. Those kind of things get you drafted and why he is considered a pick in the teens by some. But PBT’s draft expert, Ed Isaacson of and Rotoworld, sees a couple red flags. While he shot 34 percent from three this season and can be a good long-range shooter he is not consistent right now, Isaacson said.

“He needs serious work on ball handling and defense,” Isaacson added.

Hood was expected to go pro, Mike Krzyzewski even hinted at it after Duke was eliminated from the tournament.

Hood, who spent just one year at Duke after transferring from Mississippi State, is 6’8” and has the athleticism and movements of an NBA wing. He also can shoot the rock — 42 percent from three with a sweet looking stroke — who can put the ball on the floor and get to the rim. Those things will get him a look by NBA teams. His defense was in question, but Isaacson said his defense has improved this season.

“He needs to watch a tendency to force things or on flip side, disappear for long stretches,” Isaacson said. “I would expect him to be picked 12-18.”

DraftExpress has Young going 15 and Hood 22. Mocks shift some after the lottery. The middle of the draft becomes pretty fluid after the combine and workouts give teams ideas of whom they really want in those slots.

  1. spursareold - Apr 17, 2014 at 6:26 PM

    LOL, Harrison twins. Young leapfrogged your overrated selves.

  2. saint1997 - Apr 17, 2014 at 6:38 PM

    James Young reminds of some Swaggy P potential and Rodney Hood you can definitely see some Rashard Lewis/even a bit of Jalen Rose

  3. fishfiletkray - Apr 17, 2014 at 7:12 PM

    This is going to be a really solid draft.

  4. pharohislife - Apr 17, 2014 at 8:34 PM

    Where is Julius Randle?

  5. mtelesha - Apr 17, 2014 at 11:42 PM

    Wow Young should have stayed he is losing millions. He needs another year.

  6. philtration - Apr 18, 2014 at 12:33 AM

    Bulls have two first round picks and I would not mind seeing Young being one of them.

    • sumkat - Apr 18, 2014 at 3:51 AM

      If they want to make a run at Melo (or any other max FA), it’s going to be tough to do with 2 first round picks added to the current payroll. I would not be surprised at all to see them trade out of their 2nd pick…especially if they make a long playoff run.

      But either way, would the Bulls be willing to wait on a guy like Young to develop? I think he’s be a heck of a player for them 2-3 years down the road. The problem is, if that happens, he comes into his own just in time to make sure he gets a huge raise. Bulls are in an odd spot, if they add too much talent,t it could prevent them from adding the big talent they covet. That’s why I wouldn’t be surprised if they made their first pick, then traded their 2nd to someone to eat some salary (who would depend on who they picked) and a 2nd round pick

      • unxpexted1 - Apr 18, 2014 at 9:17 AM

        well i’m thinking you draft young to be an off the bench scoring punch which shouldn’t hurt the bulls at all. Especially if you are going to have to give up some pieces if you want melo. He should be a cheaper option.

  7. sumkat - Apr 18, 2014 at 3:53 AM

    This draft is shaping up that even the 2nd round is going to have some solid talent in it. Obviously not likely superstars, but definitely guys that would be around 18-25 in a “normal” draft. There have been a lot more guys that i wouldn’t consider “elite” coming out considering how many of them that are projected in the 20’s-early 2nd would probably project to top 10 in next years class

  8. rajbais - Apr 18, 2014 at 8:57 AM

    Hood deserves more consideration than he’s getting. Efficient scoring is at a premium and he can give a team that.

    • unxpexted1 - Apr 18, 2014 at 9:22 AM

      For some reason he reminds me of Taj Gibson with better outside shooting. Think he will make a nice addtion to a team. Just not sure if he’s a 3 or 4.

      • rajbais - Apr 18, 2014 at 10:09 AM


        Look at his 3 PT FG% and he’s too good of a slasher to be put at PF.

        He needs to be at the wing/perimeter and be allowed to get more touches because he needs a rhythm to build up his slashing and scoring drive.

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