Jabari Parker is one of the biggest prizes of the 2014 NBA Draft. What about Duke Blue Devils‘ Rodney Hood, though. Sure, Parker could get drafted No. 1 overall, but don’t sleep on Hood. He will be a steal in this summer’s draft.
Hood is coming off of a season where he put up 16.1 points per game on 42 percent shooting from behind the arc.
He may not have the most potential in the draft, but he is good at what he does: Shooting the ball. What makes Hood special is the fact that he stands at 6-foot-8. That is terrific size for a wing player and will definitely give Hood the advantage from three-point land.
For the record, he managed to be so efficient from behind the arc while taking 169 shots. He made 71 of them.
His 3.9 rebounds per game may be a little alarming, but that is something he can work on. He already has the size thing going for him.
There is a chance that Hood gets picked up in the top 15. He would be deserving of that. However, I think he will slip to the later teens or possibly even the lower 20s. If that is the case, one NBA team is going to be getting a steal in the first round.
Was Hood the best player on the court when Duke played? No, but that is because he played alongside Jabari Parker. There were contests where he actually had the best game, though, and he did put up a good amount of 20-point performances. He may not be getting a whole lot of buzz entering the draft, but he certainly has the talent to make a big difference at the next level.