MSU Signee Rodney Hood Update

Rodney Hood, a MSU signee, and his Meridian High School teammates play in the 2011 Rumble In The South Tournament Monday, January 17th. Rodney talked about his overall game and what people at the tournament will see from him.

"My mental mindset coming into every game has improved this year," said Rodney Hood. "I'm more focused and more mature as a player. I'm in attack mode all the time."

While most folks think of Hood as a scorer, he believes there is much more to his game than his scoring ability.

"People see me shoot a lot but I also do a lot of other stuff for my team like rebounding and other little things," said the 6-8, 195-pounder. "I think I am an underrated passer. I also think I'm a good ball-handler for my size."

Although his talent level is college-ready, he realizes talent is just part of what you need to be successful on the college level.

"I know strength is a big factor in college and one of the things I will have to deal with in order for me to be successful," said Hood. "I'm doing a lot to work on that. I'm also working on my quickness."

As for his expectations for Mississippi State next season, he expects big things team-wise and individually.

"Team-wise if Renardo (Sidney), hopefully, comes back, then we are looking at going deep into the NCAA Tournament. With (MSU signees) Deville (Smith), D.J. (Gardner) and me coming in, we are looking to make a big impact the first year right off the bat.

"With Ravern (Johnson) leaving, I think I can come in and be a scoring threat, not necessarily score as many points as he is but do other things to help the team win."

Rodney and Meridian High School play Deville Smith and his Callaway High School teammates at 5 pm, Monday, at Mississippi College.

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