Duke coaches and fans will not have to wait very long from Rodney Hood on his decision. According to several confirmed sources Hood, a 6-foot-8 transfer from Mississippi State is set to make his final decision between Duke and Ohio State on Tuesday.
The Blue Devils have been in the running for Hood sense he announced his transfer decision following the departure of his Miss. State's coach.
Hood would not be eligible to play for Duke or Ohio State for that matter until the 2013-2014 season but is already being projected as one of the most skilled players in the country once he emerges from his one year basketball sabbatical.
If Hood, does choose to become a Blue Devil it would be the second straight victory in terms of recruitment as Duke picked up a late commitment from Amile Jefferson in mid May following what had been a disastrous start to the off season.
It has been an off season that saw Duke fall in the first (still can't call it second) round of the NCAA Tournament to Lehigh as a No. 2 seed. It then saw the departures of Miles Plumlee to graduation, Austin Rivers to early entry into the NBA and Michael Gbinije to transfer.
Andre Dawkins rumors became reality and he will redshirt next year and there were several recruiting misses including Shabazz Muhammad and Tony Parker.
Jefferson's decision, which ironically came on a Tuesday improved matters giving Duke another body for next year. Hood, who apparently grew up a fan of the Blue Devils, would give Duke another very skilled practice player to help next year's team.
Hood is a very skilled guard who is long and athletic. There has been some chatter among certain fan sects that feel he may even be good enough to go to the NBA following the 2013-2014 season essentially rendering him a delayed one and done caliber player.
However, all that talk is purely hypothetical but make no mistake Duke would be very fortunate to land a player like Hood. Perhaps in the end his growing up a Duke fan will help the Blue Devils case, and many have indicated that Hood is a Duke lean.
But until he states and signs that he is coming it is best not to partake in wild speculation and fantasy.
Stay tuned to the Duke Sports Blog for full coverage of Hood's decision and how it is likely to affect the Blue Devils next season and beyond.
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