On Friday, it was clear Duke would be retooling their front line completely in the 2014-15 season. Two days ago, Duke still had the dynamic duo with Jabari Parker and Rodney Hood on their roster. However, by Thursday, Jabari Parker declared for the NBA draft. As a certified lottery pick, Parker thought wise to cash in on his NBA projections.
Now it seems that Duke will be losing sophomore forward Rodney Hood to the NBA draft as well. Hood averaged 16.4 points per game in his only season with the Blue Devils. He shot 47 percent from the field.
In similar fashion to Parker, there was a thought that Hood could stay for at least two seasons with Duke, but the time could be perfect for the 6'8 forward out of Meridian, MS.
According to Yahoo Sports' Adrian Wojnarowski, Hood is close to signing with an agent.
Rodney Hood as a tremendous touch from 3-point range and there should be no problem expanding that to the NBA line in future years. He's also an underrated player off the dribble with incredible jumping ability.
Currently, Hood is on the cusp of the NBA lottery projections according to Gary Parrish of CBS Sports. However, according to Draftexpress.com, Rodney Hood is the 22nd best prospect in the 2014 NBA draft.
While early entrants have opted for the NBA draft all over the country, the ACC has been hit hard since the end of the season. The conference could have had one of the most explosive forward battles next season, but it seems all but one entered the draft.
Along with Duke's pair, T.J. Warren of North Carolina State decided to forgo his final two years. The ACC also lost Syracuse's Jerami Grant to the draft, as well as James Michael McAdoo from North Carolina.
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