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Much has been made of Rodney Hoods matriculation to Duke from Mississippi State. Hood was a standout there primarily as a catch and shoot wing, but clearly with the talent to do a lot more. Hood saw it and jumped ship to not only find a better match for his skill set but a Coach that would challenge him to add to that repertoire. Hood has worked on this throughout last year and this summer, and hopes to make strides offensively and defensively. His status as a guard / forwardÂ fits into the mold of what Duke is looking to build towards. Similarly in the Hill era (Thomas and Grant), small forwards who can guard multiple positions and handle the ball and shoot as well.
Hood made his intent known in his first welcome to Duke in Countdown to Craziness last year attempting to posterize senior forward Mason Plumlee and nearly pulling it off. Hood will not relegate himself to simply being a tall perimeter player, he will not shy away from posting up and getting himself into the lane and on the block when it’s called for. I would not be surprised to see him play some guard, some small forward and depending on the game situation perhaps as an undersized power forward. The ability to plug and play and adjust to what the game calls for is whyÂ Hood, at least on paper, is the perfect player to wear Duke blue.