Hometown: Meridian, MS
Position: Shooting Guard/Small Forward
Left-handed… Hood has nice physical measures standing at 6'8" with a terrific wingspan and solid athleticism… Hood has a sweet stroke with NBA-range on his jumper. When he gets in a rhythm, watch-out, because his confidence will sky rocket and he can certainly put points up in a hurry. He isn't just a spot-up shooter, although that's where he is at his best. He sets up his mid-range game with a shot-fake and takes one or two dribbles and pulling-up. Hood has the length to get to the rim in a hurry with his long strides and can score over smaller defenders… Hood has good vision and a solid feel for the game offensively. He uses screens well, popping out if the defense sags, or curling around the screener if the defense chases him... Hood's vision, combined with his unselfishness and high basketball IQ has him setting up teammates with smart passes finding the open man.
Hood has excellent length, but an extremely wiry and frail frame. This limits his overall effectiveness both offensively and defensively. On offense, Hood is limited to a shooter mostly at this point because he struggles to finish with contact in the paint; he cannot use his size advantage in the post lacking the lower body strength to maintain position. Defensively, Hood isn't a great on-ball defender, especially when opposing offenses put him through a gauntlet of screens. He doesn't have the strength or toughness to fight through them. On the same note, Hood is not an effective rebounder either… Hood does not have much of a left hand… His ball-handling is just average, limiting his overall effectiveness and aggressiveness offensively.
Note: Rodney Hood transferred to Duke after his freshman season at Mississippi St.