ACC Basketball

Now Rodney Hood is Injured…Damn You World University Games!

Duke’s Rodney Hood becomes the third ACC player to get injured during the World University Games tryouts. Both Virginia’s Joe Harris and North Carolina’s P.J. Hairston have already limped out of the trials early as well.

Word is, Hood suffered a “injured right Achilles” during Wednesday night’s practice.

From Sports Illustrated:

Hood, who left the gym on crutches as a precautionary measure, didn’t seem to be in any great distress after the session.

I will say this, if you’re going to go down, this is the time during the off-season to do it, since the regular season is a long way away, but this will not make Duke fans happy, since they’re still trying to mentally get over recent injuries to stars Kyrie Irving and Ryan Kelly.

Hopefully this is nothing, but if it is, the Blue Devils would be in trouble. The 6-8 redshirt sophomore is expected to make a big impact this season in the ACC. The former Mississippi State star sat out last year, but this year he and (incoming freshman) Jabari Parker were expected to make up the most dangerous duo in the league.

Without him, the Duke coaching staff would have to either go small with Andre Dawkins or freshman Matt Jones or with Alex Murphy.

I’m not a coach in the ACC, but if I was, I’m starting to re-think letting my guys go play for Team U.S.A.





  1. Andrew

    June 28, 2013 at 10:45 am

    “I’m not a coach in the ACC, but if I was, I’m starting to re-think letting my guys go play for Team U.S.A.” – what a stupid statement. Injuries happen, sometimes you can’t help it, it’s part of the game. Are you one of those people that would turn around and say NBA players should not go to the Olympics because of injury concerns? Or are you the person who sits on the other side of the fence on this topic saying, NBA players are millionaires that don’t care about representing their country because they choose not to go due to injury concerns, etc. Hood went for the competitive experience after not playing for a year and also to represent his country. I’m sure he had K’s blessing as the USA MEN’S NATIONAL coach to go. The injury is just a sad turn of events. Godspeed to his recovery and the recovery of the other 2 players.

  2. Robert

    June 28, 2013 at 10:47 am

    Actually…it was a joke. Chill my brother. If I was a coach, I’d take great pride if my player was playing for Team U.S.A.

  3. Robert

    June 28, 2013 at 10:55 am

    I should have taken the time to answer your questions.

    I’m cool with the pros playing in the Olympics. However, it’s a free country and if someone decides to not play for the team, that’s also cool, whether he’s trying to get healthy or wants to just sit around all summer watching TV.

    However, I do sort of miss the old days when college kids would go to the Olympics. Sure, they didn’t win all the time, but I didn’t mind. There was something exciting about that.

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