Heading into the 2011-12 season, senior guard Dee Bost was coming off an all-SEC season. Junior forward Renardo Sidney, for all his shortcomings, still had big-time potential. And Hood was a talent who could have played anywhere but chose to play for the home team.
It was important to Hood that his family be able to attend most of his games, and he was close enough that even his grandparents came to just about every home game. In theory, it was all perfect for Hood.
Then reality got in the way.
While individually he had reason to be pleased -- making the SEC all-freshman team after averaging 10.3 points and 4.8 rebounds per game -- the team struggled. The Bulldogs lost seven of their final nine games, and their season ended in the first round of the NIT. Shortly after, Stansbury announced he was retiring.
Hood didn't wait to see who would be the next coach. He felt like he should move on too.
"I came to play for Coach Stansbury and his system," Hood said. "If I was going to start over, then I wanted to go somewhere I could get better and win and see if I was a really good player. That's why I came to Duke."
Now if he can just work pickled pigs' feet onto the menu of a team meal.