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Duke forward Rodney Hood officially declares for the 2014 NBA Draft

Rodney Hood spent one season on the court at Duke after a transfer from Mississippi State. (USATSI)

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Duke forward Rodney Hood officially declared for the NBA Draft on Friday.

He's expected to be a first-round pick.

Hood started his college career at Mississippi State, then transferred to Duke after Rick Stansbury was forced out of Starkville after the 2011-12 season. The 6-foot-8 Mississippi native sat out last season per NCAA transfer rules. He then averaged 16.1 points this season while shooting 46.4 percent from the field and 42.0 percent from 3-point range.

This development means Duke will lose two underclassmen from a 26-win team, the other being freshman Jabari Parker, a likely top-three pick in the NBA Draft. Still, the Blue Devils are ranked No. 1 in the Ridiculously Early Preseason Top 25 (and one) thanks to, among other things, the expected enrollment of freshmen Jahlil Okafor and Tyus Jones.

Gary Parrish is a senior college basketball columnist for CBSSports.com and frequent contributor to the CBS Sports Network. The Mississippi native also hosts the highest-rated sports talk radio show -- The Gary Parrish Show -- in the history of Memphis. He lives in that area with his wife, two children and a dog.
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