Duke's Rodney Hood off to NBA; K promotes Scheyer, Capel
Two expected moves became official on Friday when Duke announced that Rodney Hood is entering the NBA Draft and former player Jon Scheyer received a promotion within the staff.
Hood had been going back and forth on his decision whether or not to leave Duke with two seasons of eligibility remaining.
Projected as to be selected in the middle of the first round in the June 26 NBA Draft, Hood decided Thursday to turn professional, a decision he confirmed to The Herald-Sun and which was reported in Friday's paper.
“I want to thank Coach K, the entire coaching staff, my teammates and everyone involved with the Duke program for giving me this opportunity,” Hood said in statement released by Duke on Friday. “Playing at Duke was a lifelong dream. Everything I experienced here has helped me grow and develop as a player and as a person. The fan support during the year I sat out and the year I played was something that I will remember for a lifetime. Now it is time to move on to the next level and chase my dream of becoming an NBA player. Duke played a large part in preparing me for this step and I am looking forward to making the most of it.”
A transfer from Mississippi State, Hood sat out one season per NCAA transfer rules before averaging 16.1 points per game for Duke this season.
Hood was named a captain for the Blue Devils, who went 26-9 overall with a 13-5 ACC record.
“Rodney had two terrific years here at Duke,” Duke coach Mike Krzyzewski said in a statement. “He was an integral part of our team two years ago because he was such a great practice player and this year he was one of the best players in the country. So consistent and a great young man on and off the court. He will do really well in the NBA and obviously he will always be a part of what we do and we wish him the best.”
Since April 1, when Duke associate head coach Steve Wojciechowski became Marquette’s head coach, Scheyer had been the front-runner to fill the staff opening. A senior captain on Duke’s 2010 NCAA championship team, the 26-year-old Scheyer returned to Duke as a special assistant coach last year.
The special assistant role carries NCAA limitations that prevented Scheyer from on-the-road recruiting or working with players at practice. As per NCAA rules only the head coach and three assistants can partake in those activities.
On Friday, Krzyzewski announced that Jeff Capel will move up into the associate head coach position while Scheyer joins Nate James in the two assistant coach jobs.
All three are former Duke captains under Krzyzewski, just as Wojciechowski was.
“We are ecstatic about Jon joining the staff,” Krzyzewski said. “He was one of the great players to play at Duke; a national champion and a captain not that far removed so he adds a youthful exuberance to our staff. His knowledge of the game is incredible. I think he will be a terrific teacher and an outstanding recruiter.”
In his first year coaching following his overseas playing career, Scheyer aided the Duke staff by developing game strategies, breaking down game film, planning practices and contributing in staff meetings.
“It is such an honor to be back at Duke as an assistant coach,” Scheyer said. “To think that I have not only had the opportunity to play here but also come back to be a coach and help the guys go through the same process I went through is an honor for me and I am excited. I am going to approach it the same way I did as a player and give it everything I have. The special assistant role I had last year really helped me learn everything from scouting to recruiting to on the court coaching and then really getting to know our guys. I feel so much more prepared to be an assistant coach after having that year as a special assistant here at Duke.”