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Buckeye fans were elated when they learned that Hood had skipped out on the Coach K Academy to visit Columbus. However, he made up for it when he took a visit to Duke a few weekends later.
Like most recruits that visit Durham, Hood had nothing but good things to say about the players, coach and program (via Elevenwarriors.com):
I went to the visit and I got to talk with Coach K eye to eye and the rest of the coaching staff. I met some of the players. You know, it just felt great. When you go to Duke you’re playing on the highest level of college basketball and the tradition there is great so it was good to go visit.
Hood will have three years of eligibility after the 2012-2013 season and coach K will be hoping to get all three out of the 6'8" wing. Duke is desperate for athleticism and offensive production from the small forward position and Hood will provide both.
After deciding to play at Duke, Hood credited coach Mike Krzyzewski with being the deciding factor (via ESPN):
He was pretty honest with me...He said he can make me a better basketball player and one of the best in the country. His track record speaks for itself. I could tell he believed in me as a player.
Hood was a top-40 recruit out of high school and with Krzyzewski's coaching, he could become one of the best players in the country. While Hood won't be able to help the Dukies this season, his patience—and the patience of Duke—will likely pay off tremendously down the road.