The new State basketball coach, Rick Ray, was already facing an uphill battle in his first season in Starkville with the departures of Dee Bost, Renardo Sidney and Arnett Moultrie. That chore becomes even tougher with tonight's news that gifted 6'8, 204 lb forward, Rodney Hood is leaving the program. In the news releases I've read it is not yet known if he will seek transfer or enter the NBA draft.
Assuming he transfers to another program, this could be potential news for the Alabama program. Keep in mind that Alabama was one of Hood's final five schools he considered before signing with Mississippi State. More than likely, Hood will have to sit out one season per NCAA transfer rules, but the kid's raw talent is enough that the NBA draft geeks have pinned him as a possible 1st round pick at some point in the future. I seriously doubt State will allow him to transfer within conference, but it's certainly something to keep an eye on in the days ahead.
Again, it is unknown if Hood will seek transfer or take his chances in the draft, but there are certain to be a lot of schools clamoring for his talents should he stay in school. He had a very productive first season with averages of 10.3 pts and 4.8 rebs per game, which netted him selection to the All-SEC freshman team.