The Utah Jazz selected former Mississippi State wing Rodney Hood with the 23rd overall pick in the NBA Draft Thursday night.
Hood spent the 2011-12 season in Starkville under Rick Stansbury before transferring to Duke and playing this past season as a redshirt sophomore.
The 6-foot-8, 215-pound native of Meridian made 29 starts for the Bulldogs averaging 10.3 points, 4.8 rebounds and two assists in 32.8 minutes a game and was a Freshman All-SEC selection.
After sitting out a season due to NCAA transfer rules, Hood scored 16.1 points, grabbed 3.9 rebounds and dished out 2.1 assists in 32.9 minutes for the Blue Devils earning second team All-ACC honors.
Hood’s father, Ricky, also lettered at MSU in 1979-80.