Duke Basketball: Rodney Hood's Arrival Continues Trend of Toughness

Doug BrodessCorrespondent IJuly 1, 2012


Rodney Hood decided to find a new place to continue his college basketball career after a better-than-solid freshman season at Mississippi State.

The 6'8" wing, who was named to the 2012 All-Southeastern Conference freshman team,
chose Duke over Ohio State.

Hood averaged 10.3 points and 4.8 rebounds on a MSU team that featured lots of talent and scoring firepower.

Along with his ability to score the ball, Hood will bring a tenacious attitude that recognizes that you have to consistently get stops on the defensive end if you want to compete for championships.

McDonald's All-American Amile Jefferson, one of Duke's Class of 2012 recruits, will also provide a Philly edge to this year's Blue Devils squad.

Rasheed Sulaimon, the other Class of 2012 McDonald's All-American, brings intensity and a serious work ethic along with lots of ability.

Coach Mike Krzyzewski has an unmatched record of blending talent when the talent wants to work hard, play tough and play together.

These recent additions to the program will do nothing but help the Blue Devils forcefully battle their opponents, not just try to outshoot or outscore them.