Hood Brings Versatility To Stacked Duke Team

DURHAM, N.C. (AP) - Duke wants Rodney Hood to do just about everything.

He can play point guard. And shooting guard. And both of the forward positions.

The Mississippi State transfer's versatility might make him the most indispensable player on a Blue Devils team that enters the season with serious national championship aspirations.

In an interview with The Associated Press, Hood said he sees himself as a shooting guard on offense and a small forward on defense.

Coach Mike Krzyzewski says "versatility will be the key phrase" for this Duke team.

He says the 6-foot-8 Hood proved his value to the Blue Devils while sitting out last season as a transfer. He defended guards Seth Curry and Rasheed Sulaimon during practice and Krzyzewski says Hood "helped those two guys have better years."