Duke forward Rodney Hood suffered an Achilles' injury during USA Basketball training camp on Wednesday night in Colorado Springs, Colo., and now Blue Devils fans are holding their breath hoping the injury is not too severe.
Hood, who sat out last season as a transfer from Mississippi State, was injured while vying to make the final 12-man roster for the U.S. World University Games.
The 6-foot-8 small forward was a five-star recruit coming out of high school. As a freshman at Mississippi State, Hood averaged 10.3 points and 4.8 boards as a freshman for the Bulldogs.
CBSSports.com reported Hood's injury was different than the Achilles' injury that ended Kobe Bryant's season.
Andy Glockner of SI.com was at Wednesday's workout and spoke to Hood. Glockner wrote that Hood "left the gym on crutches as a precautionary measure" and did not seem to be in any great distress.
A source with knowledge of the situation said Thursday that Duke officials are optimistic Hood's injury is not a tear but rather a sprain or strain, neither of which would be season-threatening