Duke's Rodney Hood Drops 27 Again, Best Player in ACC?

By Trevor Lowry
Mark Dolejs-USA TODAY Sports

Rodney Hood was already having a great season and then ACC play started. The Duke Blue Devils have played two conference games so far and Hood has managed to score 27 points in both of them. Is he the best player in the conference?

The ACC is stacked with talented players this season, which seems to always be the case since North Carolina and Duke are in it. There are many players who are talented enough to win the ACC Player of the Year award. However, I am going to guess that the winner will come from the Blue Devils.

More than likely it will be Jabari Parker. Heck, Parker may even win the Naismith. He is averaging 20.4 points per game and 7.7 rebounds per game. However, Parker has had three off nights in a row. In his last three, he is only averaging 10.3 points. This is not the time for Parker to start slumping.

The loss to Notre Dame could end up being costly since Duke will have to play North Carolina and Syracuse two times each this year. Plus, the ACC has some serious depth.

Duke may be 1-1 in the conference, but Hood has been amazing. Other than putting up 27 points in both of those games, Hood has also shot 10-17 from behind the arc and 16-29 from the field.

Hood is averaging 17.9 points per game and he could very well be the best player in the ACC. Parker has gotten most of the attention up until this point, but Hood has stolen the headlines the last two games. That is not entirely true since the Fighting Irish kind of stole the show in the Blue Devils’ first ACC matchup.

Regardless, conference play is still very young, but Hood could be the best player.

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