One of the most exciting elements of the 2013-14 season for Duke basketball will be the impact Rodney Hood has on the team. Hood is a transfer from Mississippi State that other ACC coaches are already raving about and he gained a reputation last year of dominating Duke’s practices. The 6’8” wing player is one of only a handful of transfers who have been part of the Duke program over the years.
Even though the Blue Devils haven’t had many transfers, they usually have good results. In order for Hood to go down as the best transfer in Duke history, he’ll have to outperform a few others who had excellent careers. The following looks at the best transfers in program.
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Roshown McLeod: 1996-98, 23.9 mpg, 13.6 ppg, 5.4 rpg
Roshown McLeod was one of the most versatile post players Mike Krzyzewski has coached at Duke. He played two seasons for St. John’s before becoming a Blue Devil. During his two seasons at Duke, McLeod shot over 49-percent from the field and nearly 40-percent from behind the three-point line. His numbers likely would have been higher during his senior season but that was also the same season that Elton Brand arrived on campus and had an immediate impact during his freshman season.
Dahntay Jones: 2001-03, 29.8 mpg, 14.3 ppg, 4.8 rpg
Dahntay Jones was likely the best all-around player on the list of Duke’s transfers after he arrived from Rutgers. He was an excellent perimeter defender, solid rebounder, and an explosive scorer. Jones was a role player on an extremely talented Duke team in the 2001-02 season but became one of the team’s leaders as an upperclassmen. There was an edge about his game that made him one of the tougher and more intimidating players in Duke history and he’s carried that edge with him to a successful NBA career.
Seth Curry: 2010-13, 29.1 mpg, 13.2 ppg, 42% 3FG Pct
Seth Curry began his career at Liberty as one of the best scorers in the country and finished his career as one of Duke’s most prolific three-point shooters. He led the team in scoring during his senior season, averaging 17.5 points per game while battling an injury for the entire year. It was an incredibly gutty performance and Curry often knocked down huge shots when the Blue Devils needed them most. He was also underrated for his ability to create offense off the dribble.