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Though Hood only has one year of playing experience under his belt, he will be one of Duke’s most experienced scorers. Seniors Tyler Thornton and Josh Hairston aren’t offensive threats, and Cook isn’t going to lead the team in points.
Hood may have only played one season’s worth of games, but he has the benefit of a year practicing with the team while sitting out 2012-13 due to the transfer rule.
He’ll be a first-year player for the Blue Devils, but Hood will have a healthy amount of experience. That understanding will be invaluable as Duke seeks to replace all the scoring the Blue Devils have lost. Without Seth Curry, Mason Plumlee and Ryan Kelly, Duke needs more than a few players to step up and lead the Blue Devils offense.
Hood not only has experience, he’s also a versatile player. That’ll come in handy as Duke’s roster is comprised of a lot of wing players. That means guys will be asked to do things they aren’t necessarily comfortable with.
Hood isn’t afraid to go in the post to rebound, penetrate, make passes or shoot from outside. He’ll be asked to do all those things as Duke uses versatility to make up for a lack of size. That adaptability will pose problems for opposing defenses.
Due to all that Hood has to offer, the expectations for him are to serve as a jack of all trades for Duke. He’ll need to score, defend, rebound and pass, and understand which of those things best serve the team at any particular moment. That’ll require a high basketball IQ as well as loads of talent, but Hood has both of those skills, so he should handle to those difficult duties.