Duke's Hood joins teammate Parker in declaring for NBA Draft
Posted April 18
Durham, N.C. — For the second time in two days Friday, Duke head men's basketball coach Mike Krzyzewski announced the loss of a key player to the NBA.
As expected, sophomore Rodney Hood joined teammate Jabari Parker in declaring for the 2014 NBA Draft.
Hood, from Meridian, Miss., played two seasons for the Blue Devils after transferring from Mississippi State University.
“Rodney had two terrific years here at Duke,” Krzyzewski said. “He was an integral part of our team two years ago because he was such a great practice player, and this year he was one of the best players in the country."
In 2013-14, Hood averaged 16.1 points, 3.9 rebounds and 2.1 assists per game and led the Atlantic Coast Conference in three-point percentage (.420; 71/169). His overall field goal percentage (.464; 191/412) ranked fourth in the conference.
In making the choice to go pro, Hood thanked his coach and teammates, saying, "Playing at Duke was a lifelong dream. Everything I experienced here has helped me grow and develop as a player and as a person. Now it is time to move on to the next level and chase my dream of becoming an NBA player. Duke played a large part in preparing me for this step, and I am looking forward to making the most of it.”