Last night Rodney Hood, a 6-foot-8, 204-pound, left-handed wing who played one season at Mississippi State, averaging 10.3 points, 4.8 rebounds and 2.0 assists as a freshman made it official, he is becoming the newest Blue Devil.
Originally, he had said he would announce his decision this past Wednesday or Thursday, but there was no word until last night. Twitter was abuzz after Dave Telep announced Hood had chosen Duke, per a source.
As many may already know, Hood grew up a Duke fan, and after visiting the campus two weeks ago apparently he was sold. Hood was quoted as saying, “He (Krzyzewski) was pretty honest with me,” “He told me what he saw for my future. He was up front and he didn’t just tell me anything. He was specific and to the point. He said he can make me a better basketball player and one of the best in the country. His track record speaks for itself. I could tell he believed in me as a player.”
Hood won’t be eligible to play until the 2013-14 season because of transfer rules, but will be able to practice with the team. This should make the Blue Devils better with Hood pushing Murphy and Jefferson during practice. He has the size and length that Duke sorely needs on defense. Hood will join Matt Jones a 6’5, 190 lbs SG in the 2013-2014 class.
With Duke missing out on Shabazz Muhammad, and Tony Parker, as well as transfers Alex Oriakhi, and Trey Zeigler it looked like Duke had taken an uppercut to the chin. Throw in the fact that Michael Gbinije transferred to Syracuse and Andre Dawkins decided to red shirt, things were looking a little dim for Duke, but now with the additions of Amile Jefferson, Rasheed Sulaimon and Alex Murphy returning after a red shirt season the future looks bright for the Blue Devils.
Footnote: There was however a question raised by Jack Daly of the News And Observer last night, he Tweeted: “Assuming Hood has decided on #Duke, I’m a little skeptical whether Dawkins will ever play for the Blue Devils again”. This seems to be a pretty strong statement, I personally don’t think it should change Dawkins position., but it’s certainly worth keeping an eye on. A bigger question to me is how, or will it effect the recruitment of Julius Randle in a positive or negative way? The fact that Matt Jones and Rasheed Sulaimon are now in house seems to lean toward a positive.