Duke's Hood, UNC's Hairston hurt at USA Basketball tryouts

acarter@newsobserver.comJune 27, 2013 

Duke guard Rodney Hood suffered an injury to his right Achilles tendon on Wednesday, though a team spokesman said on Thursday that the severity of the injury is unclear.

Matt Plizga, a Duke basketball team spokesman, said the Blue Devils’ team doctors haven’t had a chance to evaluate Hood. He suffered his injury in Colorado Springs, Colo., where he had been participating in tryouts for the USA Basketball World University Games team.

Hood, who sat out last season after transferring to Duke from Mississippi State, is one of 16 finalists for the World Games team. The 12-member team will leave on July 1 to compete in Russia from July 7-16.

Hood has been expected to play an important role for Duke, which loses departed senior shooting guard Seth Curry. During his freshman season at Mississippi State, Hood averaged 10.2 points per game and made 36.4 percent of his 3-point attempts.

Hood isn’t the only player with North Carolina ties to suffer an injury during USA Basketball tryouts. P.J. Hairston, the North Carolina junior, suffered a back injury earlier this week that ended his participation in the tryout.

A UNC basketball team spokesman said on Thursday that team doctors haven’t had a chance to evaluate Hairston, and that the severity of his injury is unknown. Hairston last month was arrested in Durham on a misdemeanor marijuana possession charge. Police found a gun outside the rented vehicle he was driving.

The university has not commented on the case, or on any potential discipline Hairston might face.

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