Rodney Hood: A Complete Basketball Player

Meridian (MS) High School junior basketball player Rodney Hood is one of the very best basketball players in the state of Mississippi.

"The thing with Rodney is he's not a point guard, he's not a two-guard, he's not a four - he's basketball player," said Meridian High School head basketball coach Randy Bolden. "Whenever you can get a basketball player you can put him anywhere and he will find a way to be successful. And I think that is one of the major traits that makes Rodney one of the best players in the state.

"He is a complete basketball player."

And Rodney Hood takes great pride in that fact.

"I consider myself a playmaker, whatever my team needs me to play," said the 6-8, 195-pounder. "I also play both sides of the court. I can handle the ball, I can shoot. I'm a team player. And I'm dedicated and hungry."

He's also an offensive weapon inside or out on the perimeter.

"I just play my offense based on what the defense gives me," said Rodney. "If I'm on, I will shoot it. But if I'm not, I will go to the basket or get a foul or something like that."

During the game I saw him play, Rodney proved that he can play wherever he is needed. He played point, the two and even played near the basket on defense.

"I have been playing point since I was little, so I'm used to handling the ball," said Rodney.

You would think that a guy who is 6-8 might have a little trouble with smaller point guards. Not so said Rodney.

"I haven't really had any trouble with any other point guards," said Rodney. "Most of the time I get double teamed, but I work on it in practice all the time so I'm used to the bumping and the riding. And I don't get rattled easily."

His coach agrees with that last statement.

"The thing about him is he rarely shows emotions," said Bolden. "I had to get used to that when I first met Rodney. His demeanor never changes, you can't speed him up, you can't slow him down. That is another tremendous attribute of his basketball game."

Those attributes are the very reason Rodney is hearing from so many college coaches.

"Schools that are looking at me are Alabama, Georgia Tech, Wake Forest, Florida State, Marquette, Ole Miss, Mississippi State, Clemson and there are a few others that I can't think of right now," said Rodney, who said he has offers from all those schools.

Rodney has a tentative early list of schools that he's most interested in.

"Right now, I am interested in Alabama, Georgia Tech, Marquette, Mississippi State, Ole Miss and a few more schools," said the four-star prospect who is rated the 10th best small forward in the class of 2011.

Gene Swindoll is the publisher of the website, the source for Mississippi State sports on sports network. You can contact him by emailing

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