A versatile scorer and great team player, Rodney Hood is best known for his excellent shooting touch. With his efficient scoring ability from the outside, the NBA star who seemingly inherited his athletic genes from his parents began making an impact in the sport right from his high school days. Rodney’s strength and toughness on the court have made him a very solid player who gives great value to any franchise he’s signed to. Find out more interesting facts about the star player who possesses the drive and pedigree to become one of the elite players in the league.
A Mississippi native, Rodney Michael Hood was born on 20th October 1992. He is one of three children born to parents Ricky and Vicky Hood who were both basketball players back in the 1970’s and 1980’s. However, his father went on to become the director of East Mississipi’s Boys and Girls Club while his mother became Newton High School’s principal.
Rodney and his siblings apparently inherited their parent’s athleticism as his older brother Ricky Jr., and sister Whitney both played basketball at the University of Tennessee, Chattanooga. Growing up, Rodney’s major influences and first mentors were his dad and older brother.
Raised in his hometown of Meridian, Mississippi, Hood attended Meridian High School where he began exhibiting outstanding skills and records on the court. Notably, Hood led his team to the Class 6A championship in his senior year and averaged 46.9 points, 14.8 rebounds, with 10.8 assists in all his high school games.
Rodney Hood’s amazing records as one of the country’s top 16 players and a five-star recruit also spoke for him in college. From 2011 to 2012, he attended Mississipi State University where he was named to the SEC All-Freshman Team and played 32 games, averaging 10.3 points, 4.8 rebounds and 2.0 assists per game.
In July 2012, Hood transferred to Duke University. Despite sitting out the 2012-13 season due to NCAA transfer rules, Rodney not only earned second-team All-ACC honors but also established himself as one of the team’s top players. In his 35 games at Duke, Hood averaged 16.1 points, 3.9 rebounds and 2.1 assists per game. In 2014, Rodney decided to forgo the rest of his college career and declared his eligibility for the NBA draft.
Career Stats And Injury
June 2014 marked the beginning of Hood’s professional career after he was drafted into the NBA in the first round as the 23rd overall pick by the Utah Jazz. Rodney did not only give the franchise value for their money but also proved himself to be a valuable team asset. With his excellent shooting touch, Hood helped the team to several wins right from his rookie season. An effective player and one of Jazz’s leading scorers, he remained a very integral part of the team until February 2018.
Hood was traded to the Cleveland Cavaliers on February 8, 2018, in a three-team, one-year contract worth $3.4 million. Rodney recorded a victory in his debut game with the Cavaliers and has continued to help the team to several other breakthroughs. Though Hood’s initial contract with the Cavaliers was meant to be short-term in nature, it was nonetheless renewed in September 2018.
Rodney Hood’s success story hasn’t been without struggles. In 2013, he suffered a foot injury while training ahead of the World University Games. The road to recovery wasn’t an easy one and cost him a few weeks of workouts at Duke. Nonetheless, the shooting guard bounced back fully and continued with his excellent shooting touch. Thankfully, there haven’t been any recent injury reports since Rodney joined the Cleveland Cavaliers. He continues to strive towards developing himself, maximizing his value, and becoming one of the elite players in the league.
Hood’s short-term contract with the Cleveland Cavaliers was quite an unimpressive offer as he had hoped to land an eight-digit offer with the franchise. His one year contract with the Cavaliers includes an annual average salary of $3,472,887 between 2018 and 2019. Nonetheless, the NBA star whose open market value reportedly dropped after an unimpressive season hopes to rediscover his form, prove his worth, maximize his value and attract more generous offers from league executives in the nearest future.
Rodney Hood’s Wife
Rodney Hood is happily married to Richa Jackson, his college sweetheart at Duke University. Just like her husband, Richa was an athletic student and played for the school’s female basketball team. It was, therefore, no surprise that the couple who shared a common interest connected promptly and took their relationship to the next level. Rodney and Richa began raising a family together even while still engaged as they welcomed their first child, Rodney Hood Jr. on January 3, 2016. More so, the couple welcomed a set of twins, Riley and Rich Hood, into the world on April 18, 2018.
The Cleveland Cavaliers shooting guard towers at a height of 6 feet 8 inches (203cm) and weighs 93 kg (206 lbs). His physical endowments qualify him to play comfortably in any position as a basketballer.