Hood Makes Impression With Charlotte As Cavs Try To Decide Between Parker And Wiggins

Rodney Hood and Jabari Parker are heading in different directions now but will always have roots at Duke. - Mark L. Baer-USA TODAY Sports

Draft Night is like a dyspeptic mix of Candy Mountain and the AVN Awards.

Rodney Hood, who was a bit ill for his first visit with the Hornets, made a second trip and made a really solid impression.

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Hood took the chance to show Charlotte he's a versatile and skilled player.

People already are impressed with his professionalism. He's done nothing but help himself in the run-up to the draft.

As far as Jabari Parker goes, there is some controversy about whether or not he applied himself when working out for Cleveland and that he might prefer to go at #2 to Milwaukee.

The truth is though that all of these guys need to max out their efforts. They typically aren't privy to trade talk or role speculation. Who knows what anyone is thinking?

Hood has the right idea - be a consummate professional. Anyone in his position should make that the goal.

Duke players aren't the only ones getting ready for Thursday. Take Clemson's KJ McDaniels.

For ACC fans who saw McDaniels do astonishing things for three years, let alone Clemson fans, it's amazing to see people continually underestimate him.

It's happening again. The basic thing about McDaniels is his extraordinary athleticism. Not many people get to live in that neighborhood.

The rest he can learn.

Imagine, say, the Spurs drafting him and putting Chip Engelland to work with him. The NBA's premiere shot doctor would make McDaniels a vastly better offensive threat.

The draft is always full of gamesmanship and guile. We don't know who is going to take McDaniels, but we're sure there are several teams hoping to get the chance.

And yes, he'd be great on the Spurs.

Holy cow, check out what the Kings did to get ready for the draft. That's wild.

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