Rodney Hood made an immediate impression at Duke when he arrived from Ole Miss. He was often said to be the best player on the team even though he couldn't play. It didn't take long for him to make an impression once he got on the court.
A wiry player, Hood has a beautiful shot, a willingness to penetrate and a remnant of point guard personality.
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Depending on who you ask, Parker and Hood are 6-8 or 6 -9, but whatever height they are, Parker still outweighs Hood by 20-30 pounds. If Parker's challenge is to firm up his body, Hood's is to pack muscle on a skinny frame.
Hood's built a lot like Reggie Miller, the former UCLA and Pacers star who overcame a slight physique to become one of the deadliest shooters in NBA history.
There have been other guys built like that - George Gervin comes to mind. Tayshaun Prince. Sean Elliot.
At the moment, Hood's body is vulnerable to NBA toughs. He really has work to do there.
He has been, too, and has won raves from NBA teams for his maturity and commitment.
Hood brings a versatile skill set. He shoots well, he can drive, he can handle the ball and is a vastly superior defender to Parker. He probably won't be an NBA sensation, but rather a reliable and valued contributor.
His biggest problem will be his size. Guys like Kobe Bryant or Kawhi Leonard will give him fits until he bulks up. There may also be some questions about his bouts with nausea before and during games.
Then again, maybe not. Bill Russell threw up regularly before games; his teammates learned to expect it.
Don't be surprised if Hood goes earlier than projected simply because he's outworked a lot of people in the run-up to the draft.