Coach K announced today via GoDuke.com that Rodney Hood will transfer to Duke after playing his freshman season in 2011-12 at Mississippi State.  The athletic 6’8″ wing will sit out the 2012-13 season due to NCAA transfer rules and will have three seasons of eligibility remaining.

“We are very happy to add Rodney to our program,” said Coach K.  ”We recruited him out of high school and followed his progress at Mississippi State, where he had an outstanding year.  We believe that with him sitting out a year and getting prepared he will have a huge positive impact on our program.”

Hood, an SEC All-Freshman Team selection, averaged 10.3 points, 4.8 rebounds and 2.0 assists per game for the Bulldogs a year ago.  He shot 44.3 percent from the floor, including 36.4 percent from three-point range, in his lone season in Starkville.  Hood reached double figures in scoring 17 times as a freshman with a season-best 20 points in an early season win over Louisiana-Monroe.

“I feel like Coach and the staff can get the most out of me as a player and academically,” Hood told ESPN.com’s Dave Telep.  ”I liked the teammates and felt like we have a good chance to compete for a championship.  He was pretty honest with me and told me what he saw for my future.  He was up front and he didn’t just tell me anything.  He was specific and to the point.  He said he can make me a better basketball player and one of the best in the country.  His track record speaks for itself.  I could tell he believed in me as a player.”

The rangy left-hander had an outstanding high school career at Meridian, where he led the Wildcats to the Class 6A state championships as a senior and was a two-time Mississippi Gatorade Player of the Year.  He averaged 24.0 points and 8.0 rebounds per game while leading Meridian to a 29-2 record as a senior.  During his junior season, Hood averaged 22.1 points, 6.2 rebounds and 4.4 assists per game.  Hood was a consensus top 50 talent coming out of high school, ranking No. 16 by Rivals, No. 30 by ESPN and No. 49 by Scout.

Welcome Rodney!  Here are some (impressive) highlights from Rodney’s freshman season…

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