NBA Camp: Hood Remains Wide Open

CHARLOTTESVILLE, VA -- Playing in the NBPA Top 100 Camp, it can be hard for a player to stick out.

Yet after an undefeated 2-0 start and a 7.5 points per game average, Mississippi small forward Rodney Hood is finding ways to thrive.

A four-star prospect and 6-7 wing, Hood knocked down shots with his pure left-handed stroke and got to the basket using his athleticism. After a win, Hood sat down with Pack Pride to discuss the NBPA Top 100 Camp and the latest in his recruitment.

So far Rodney's Lakers are 2-0 after the first day of play in the camp.

"It's been a new experience, a great experience playing with some of the best players," Hood said. "I'm getting a different feel for how people play all across the country. I'm just trying to work to get better."

Hood has the luxury of playing on one of the most deep and athletic teams in the camp. Some of his highly-regarded teammates include Branden Dawson, Levi Randolph, Mikael Hopkins, Sidiki Johnson and Bernard Sullivan to name a few.

"We're undefeated right now and we plan on keeping it that way," Hood said. "It's great playing with these guys. We're very athletic and share the ball well so it's fun."

Rodney will also participate in the Kevin Durant Skills Academy and the LeBron James Skills Academy to hone his skills.

"I would say shooting the ball and defense," Hood said of his best traits as a player. "I'm really buying into defense. This summer I'm trying to work on (defense)."

With all of the time spent going to big-time national camps, Rodney acknowledged that he doesn't know if he'll have any time to take any unofficial visits during the summer.

He also has some new schools that have come into play. Rodney claims offers from North Carolina State, Georgetown, Marquette, Florida State, Ohio State, Georgia Tech, Seton Hall and Mississippi State.

While Hood doesn't have any favorites right now, he does have a feel for what it would take to garner a commitment.

"I just have to get a feel for the coaches, talk to them a little more before I make my decision," Hood said. "When I feel it's that time I'll commit.

"I love coaches that are going to push me everyday and make me better as a player and as a human being. So I'm just looking to that. It's the most important factor going into my decision."


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