Adam Zagoria covers basketball at all levels. He is the author of two books and an award-winning journalist whose articles have appeared in ESPN The Magazine, SLAM, Sheridan Hoops, Sports Illustrated, Basketball Times and in newspapers nationwide.
Rodney Hood is currently at the Kevin Durant Skills Academy in Chicago and will decide later this week between Duke and Ohio State.
“When I get home from this camp, the day after I’ll pick a school between Duke and Ohio State,” the 6-foot-7 Mississippi State transfer told SNY.tv from the Durant camp.
“It’s either going to be Wednesday night or Thursday.”
Hood visited Duke last week and is strongly considering the Blue Devils
“I went to the visit and I got to talk with Coach K eye to eye and the rest of the coaching staff,” Hood said. “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.”
Ohio State has the advantage of having Hood’s former AAU teammate, LaQuinton Ross, but Hood said that wouldn’t necessarily impact his decision.
“I’m just going to make my decision,” he said. “It’s the second time around so I want to make the best decision for me. I just like the coaching staff there and ‘Q’ is a bonus. But I like the players and I just like the basketball part of it.”
Hood said he is not considering Memphis, which he also visited.
“No, sir,” he said.
Wherever he lands, he plans to be an attacking player on the offensive who hopes to mature and improve during the year he sits out.
“Just attack at all times on the offensive end and just [be] an all-around player,” he said. “I’m developing defensively and just [becoming] an all-around player.”
Hood averaged 10.3 points and 4.8 rebounds in his only season at MSU, and earned Freshman All-SEC honors.
He said he’s learning a lot from being at the Durant camp.
“It’s been real fun playing against the top players in the country,” Hood said. “They’re getting the best kids…and just competing at a high level so it’s been great.”
Adam Zagoria is a Basketball Insider who covers basketball at all levels. A contributor to The New York Times and SportsNet New York (SNY), he is also the author of two books and is an award-winning journalist and filmmaker. His articles have appeared in ESPN The Magazine, SLAM, Sheridan Hoops, Basketball Times and in newspapers nationwide. He also won an Emmy award for his work on the SNY mini-documentary on Syracuse guard Tyus Battle.
A veteran Ultimate Frisbee player, he has competed in numerous National and World Championships and, perhaps more importantly, his teams won the Westchester Summer League (WSL) championships in 2011 and 2013.
He lives in Manhattan with his wife and children.