Rodney Hood's second recruitment is winding down.
The former Meridian High star is ready to announce his new college home either today or Thursday according to reports out of the Kevin Durant Skills Academy in Chicago.
"When I get home from this camp, the day after I'll pick a school between Duke and Ohio State," Hood told SportsNet New York. "It's either going to be Wednesday night or Thursday."
Hood was ranked the No. 16 player in the country in the Class of 2011 after leading Meridian to its first state championship since 1978. The 6-foot-8 wing, though, ended that recruitment early, signing with Mississippi State during the early signing period prior to that senior season. In choosing the home state Bulldogs, Hood turned down overtures from Alabama, Florida State and Louisville among others.
And Hood immediately made an impact in Starkville, starting from Day 1 and averaging 10.3 points, 4.8 rebounds and 1.9 assists per game. However, Hood decided to transfer following the retirement of longtime MSU coach Rick Stansbury and the hiring of Rick Ray. Although, Hood reportedly was talked out of transferring from the MSU program during the season.
Once Hood went back on the market, he drew wide interest, making visits to Baylor and Memphis in addition to his finalists of Duke and Ohio State, where he could be reunited with former AAU teammate LaQuinton Ross.
"You know, it just felt great," Hood told SNY.tv about his visit to the Blue Devils. "When you go to Duke you're playing on the highest level of college basketball and the tradition there is great so it was good to go visit.
"I'm just going to make my decision. It's the second time around so I want to make the best decision for me. I just like the (Ohio State) coaching staff and 'Q' is a bonus. But I like the players and I just like the basketball part of it."
Rodney Hood's second recruitment is winding down.
- (PHOTOS) Newton County Class 4A State Championship Slideshow from games one and two of the MHSAA Class 4A State Championship.
Not done yet
After being shutout less than 24 hours earlier, the Newton County Cougars used a 10-inning affair to force a Game 3 in the Class 4A championship series, topping Lewisburg, 2-1, in Game 2 at Trustmark Park.
Hollins focused on Spurs, not his contract
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He has the Grizzlies in the Western Conference finals for the first time and has won more games with this team than any other coach.
Slive focused on future after big changes
Mike Slive sprawls in a comfy arm chair, propping his feet on a coffee table between one massive tome on Winston Churchill and an even thicker "Encyclopedia of Southern Culture."
He's relaxed and feeling awfully good about the state of the Southeastern Conference.
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’Bama bounces Ole Miss from SEC Tourney
For the second day in a row, the Rebels went into extra-innings but were unable to emerge with the victory as No. 21 Ole Miss (37-22) fell to Alabama (34-25) 7-5 in 10 innings at the SEC Tournament on Thursday.
With the loss, the Rebels were eliminated from the SEC Tournament and will now await NCAA Tournament selection announcements at 11 a.m. on Monday. The selection of the NCAA Tournament field will be televised by ESPNU.
Tanner Bailey (4-2) suffered the loss for the Rebels, allowing two runs on one hit with two walks in 2.1 innings of work.
Roy shows big-league talent in win
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Cougars fall in Game 1
A sixth inning rally by Lewisburg handed the Newton County Cougars their first lost of the postseason, 2-0, in Game 1 of the Class 4A baseball championship at Trustmark Park.
Bulldogs win again, beat S. Carolina in SEC Tournament
Demarcus Henderson and Wes Rea both had RBI singles in the ninth inning to lift Mississippi State to a 5-3 win over South Carolina Wednesday night in the second round of the Southeastern Conference tournament.
The Bulldogs (42-16) loaded the bases with one out before Henderson and Rea drove in runs on consecutive at-bats for the second time in the game.
Mississippi State had beaten Missouri 2-1 in 17 innings Tuesday night, matching the longest game in SEC tournament history.
Reliever Myles Gentry (4-0) limited the Gamecocks (39-17) to a one-out single in the bottom of the ninth.
Gentry pitched 5-2/3 scoreless innings, allowing three hits while striking out eight.
Rea was 3 for 4 while Henderson drove in three runs.
Mississippi State led 3-0 before South Carolina tied it up in the fourth.
Max Schrock drew a bases loaded walk and Brison Celek followed with a two-run single.
Hogs top Ole Miss in SEC Tournament
For the second time this season the Rebels played an extra-inning affair with the Razorbacks, but with a different outcome as No. 21 Ole Miss (37-21) fell to No. 15 Arkansas (36-19) 2-1 in 10 innings on Wednesday.
Fundamentals leading Newton County to Jackson
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