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Hood leaves Team USA camp with injury
Posted By HOOPSWORLD On June 28, 2013 @ 12:58 pm In Wirenews | Comments Disabled
by Nicole Auerbach, USA TODAY Sports
Duke’s Rodney Hood has injured his right Achilles tendon and has withdrawn from Team USA camp, USA Basketball announced Friday morning.
Hood was one of the 16 finalists for a spot on the USA team that will compete at the World University Games, which will take place in Russia in July. Now, 15 players will compete for the 12 roster spots, which will be determined by July 1.
“I feel so sorry for Rodney,” USA head coach and Davidson coach Bob McKillop said in a statement. “He committed himself fully to be a part of this team, and we will miss him. He would have been a valuable team member for USA Basketball.”
Sports Illustrated, which had a writer at the practice in which Hood was injured, said Hood didn’t appear to be in any huge distress.
Hood, who transferred to Duke from Mississippi State, sat out last season per transfer rules. He’s expected to be a key player on a team that will likely start the season in the top 10, thanks to incoming freshman Jabari Parker and the return of Hood’s eligibility.
It is not clear how serious Hood’s Achilles injury is. A call to a Duke basketball spokesman was not immediately returned, though team spokesman Matt Plizga told the Raleigh News & Observer that the severity of the injury is unclear, and that Duke’s team doctors hadn’t had a chance to evaluate Hood.
The News & Observer also reported that UNC’s P.J. Hairston suffered a back injury earlier this week that concluded his Team USA tryout as well. Hairston was recently arrested for marijuana possession, and a gun (along with ammunition) was also seized during the arrest. UNC coach Roy Williams said he was going to wait for all the information to come out before he addresses Hairston’s status with the team.
Nicole Auerbach, a national college basketball reporter for USA TODAY Sports, is on Twitter @NicoleAuerbach.
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