Julius Hodge Draft Capsule
VITALS: 6-7, 210, North Carolina State
OVERVIEW: The 2004 Atlantic Coast Conference Player of the Year, Hodge was just a third-team All-ACC selection this season. The senior averaged 17 points, 6.6 rebounds and 4.8 assists, shooting 49 percent from the floor but just 26 percent from the arc. Hodge finished his NC State career third all-time in scoring (2,040), fourth in assists (454) and 12th in rebounds (773).
LIKELY DRAFT POSITION: Late first round or very early second round.
COMPARATIVE UPSIDE: Trenton Hassell
COMPARATIVE DOWNSIDE: George McCloud
ROLE PROJECTION: Backup at both guard spots.
POSITIVES: Hodge has played primarily at point guard in his college career, and as such has an excellent understanding of running an offense, how to get players in their spots, monitoring the shot clock, etc. He has the ability to take his man off the dribble and get to the basket but also is a threat to rise up and shoot the mid-range jump shot. Hodge has always been a high effort player.
SHORTCOMINGS: Hodge is not a true NBA point guard. He has a little trouble keeping the small, quick point guards out of the lane and probably is better suited to the 2-guard spot defensively. However, Hodge is very thin and can be bodied around by more physical shooting guards. Hodge is one of those players who creates mismatches both ways: he’s tough to guard, but it’s tough for him to guard others.