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Report: Rodney Hood to leave Mississippi State

Rodney Hood, Raphiael Putney, Sean Carter

Mississippi State guard Rodney Hood (4) drives the ball up court past Massachusetts forwards Sean Carter (54) and Raphiael Putney (34) during the second half of their NIT first-round college basketball game in Starkville, Miss., Tuesday, March 13, 2012. Massachusetts won 101-96 in double overtime. (AP Photo/Rogelio V. Solis)

AP

According to Jeff Goodman of CBSSports.com, Mississippi State freshman guard Rodney Hood has decided to transfer.

In 32 games this season the freshman from Meridian, Mississippi averaged 10.3 points and 4.8 rebounds per game for the Bulldogs, who plummeted at the end of the season.

Mississippi State dropped six of their last eight games to close out the season, going from a team ranked in the Top 25 to the Postseason NIT.

Massachusetts ended their season with a 101-96 win in Starkville in the first round of the Postseason NIT, and shortly thereafter head coach Rick Stansbury relieved of his duties.

With Hood being the fifth starter lost from last season’s team first-year head coach Rick Ray won’t have much to work with when it comes to key returnees.

Of the six players who started 16 games or more in 2011-12 only Jalen Steele is due to return, and given the mass exodus out of Starkville who knows if he sticks around at this point.

Raphielle is also the assistant editor at CollegeHoops.net and can be followed on Twitter at @raphiellej.