Jazz Select Rodney Hood with 23rd Overall Pick

By: The Associated Press
By: The Associated Press
Not since the Seattle Supersonics took Derrick McKee with the ninth overall pick of the 1987 NBA Draft has a Meridian High School graduate been taken in its first round.

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SALT LAKE CITY (AP) -- The Utah Jazz selected Duke forward Rodney Hood with the No. 23 pick of the NBA draft Thursday night.

Hood, 21, played one year at Mississippi State and then sat out a season before averaging 16.1 points and shooting 42 percent from behind the 3-point line as a team captain at Duke.

The 6-foot-8, 215-pound forward was named to the 2014 All-ACC second Team and is the first Duke player ever drafted by the Jazz, who recently hired former Duke player Quin Snyder as their head coach.

The left-handed sharpshooter gives Utah some insurance in case the team is not able to retain restricted free agent Gordon Hayward. Hood can score off the dribble and is regarded as a good defender.


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