Possible Wolves draft options at No. 13: Rodney Hood
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In the lead-up to the NBA Draft on June 26th, we are taking a closer look at several prospects the Wolves could potentially select with the 13th overall pick.
Wolves draft prospect profiles
Up next: Duke's Rodney Hood
Position: Small forward
Height/weight: 6-foot-8, 208-pounds (from the NBA combine)
Mock draft projections:
CBSSports.com (Gary Parrish): No. 13 - Minnesota
BleacherReport.com: No. 12 - Orlando
ESPN.com (Chad Ford): No. 19 - Chicago
DraftExpress.com: No. 15 - Atlanta
CBSSports.com (Zach Harper): No. 17 - Zach Harper
HoopsHype: No. 14 - Phoenix
Stats: Playing a complementary role with Duke's freshman phenom Jabari Parker, Hood was the Blue Devils' second-leading scorer last season with a 16.1 points per game average. He shot an impressive 42% from 3-point territory (71-of-169) and 46.5% from the floor. Though his one season with the Blue Devils ended on a sour note (6 points in a NCAA tourney loss to Mercer), Hood put up strong numbers throughout the year, including 10 20-point games.
Hood started his collegiate career at Mississippi State in 2011, but he transferred after a freshman season in which he averaged 10.3 points and 4.8 rebounds. He left for Duke, where he had to sit out a season before becoming eligible last fall as a sophomore.
Notes: Hood, a left-handed shooter, has a noticeably smooth shot and is a versatile scorer. He is likely to fit in at shooting guard or small forward, though he is going need to add a some muscle to his slender frame if he's going to be able to hold up in the NBA in a position off the perimeter. The Wolves are looking to stock their roster with more two-way players. Hood would have to make significant improvements defensively to fit that billing. Widely projected as a solid mid-round pick, there is a pretty good chance Hood will be available when the Wolves are on the clock at No. 13.
"Hood looks the part of a NBA wing, standing 6-8 in shoes with a lanky build and smooth and fluid (but not incredibly explosive) athleticism. He made 42% of his 3-pointers on the year and is one of the better shooters in this draft class, showing excellent mechanics and a high release point, to go along with deep range."
"One of Hood's main areas of weakness is lack of physicality and strength so that will be something that he will need to focus on leading up to draft workouts. Despite impersonating a ghost in the NCAA tourney, Hood stands a chance to grab a spot in the late lottery, though after the top 6-7 picks, things become extremely murky."