Duke's Rodney Hood out of action with US basketball team

News ServicesJune 28, 2013 

The right Achilles’ tendon injury that Duke guard Rodney Hood suffered earlier this week will preclude him from further participation with the USA Basketball Men’s World University Games team, the team announced Friday.

Hood, who sat out last season at Duke after transferring from Mississippi State, suffered the injury on Wednesday during tryouts for the World Games team. He was one of 16 finalists for the team, which will compete next month in the World University Games in Russia.

The severity of Hood’s injury is unknown. A Duke basketball team spokesman said Thursday that team doctors hadn’t yet had a chance to evaluate Hood, who has been expected to play an important role for the Blue Devils this season.

Hood averaged 10.2 points per game during his freshman season at Mississippi State. He has three years of eligibility remaining at Duke.

“I feel so sorry for Rodney,” Bob McKillop, USA coach and coach at Davidson, said of Hood’s injury. “He committed himself fully to be a part of this team, and we will miss him. He would have been a valuable team member for USA Basketball.”

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