Duke’s tandem are two of only 29 collegiate players to be selected for this tryout.
Blue Devil fans are familiar with Quinn Cook and understand why he was invited to compete for a spot on the team. At times last season, Cook played like one of the best point guards in the country while leading the Duke offense. His ability to push the ball makes him a great candidate to excel with Team USA if he makes the squad.
Rodney Hood, on the other hand, is the one Duke fans are eagerly awaiting to see play in Cameron Indoor Stadium.
After sitting out the 2012-13 season due to NCAA rules, the 6’8”, 210-pound transfer from Mississippi State is expected to have a major impact for Mike Krzyzewski’s team next season. During his freshman season as a Bulldog, Hood averaged 10.3 points and 4.8 rebounds per game while being named to the SEC All-Freshman team.
He brings outside shooting ability and explosive athleticism that will make him a dangerous weapon on both ends of the court. Essentially, Hood is the type of athletic wing player that has given Duke fits over the years.
There is talk by some who have seen Duke’s practices that Hood could be the best player on the team.
ESPN’s Chad Ford told DukeChronicle.com, “Hood is a potential first rounder next year for sure. He has great size for his position and can really shoot the basketball.”
Considering all the praise he’s already receiving, Duke fans should be ecstatic about seeing him finally get the opportunity to take the court.
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