Duke and Ohio State are rumored to have contacted Mississippi State freshman Rodney Hood, according to Jeff Goodman of CBSSports.com. Hood announced earlier Monday that he was leaving the school.
The Bulldogs are now without all five of their starters from a year ago. Rick Ray has taken over at head coach, as Rick Stansbury left the job after 14 years with the school.
"Obviously, we are disappointed in Rodney's decision," Ray said in a statement released by the university. "I was looking forward to getting a chance to develop and coach him. This decision, unfortunately, was made before my hire. The Hoods were forthright and honest about where they were when I met with them, and I appreciate their honesty." Hood was one of the top freshmen in the SEC a season ago, averaging 10.3 points and 4.8 rebounds, starting 29 of 32 games.