Player Profile: Derek Hood


Who remembers Derek Dwayne Hood? As I am writing this article and you are reading this article, I am sure there are plenty that do not remember, unless you followed Arkansas University basketball heavily. Also, if you are a fan that followed the National Basketball Association’s Charlotte Hornets during the 1999-2000 season, you might have recalled Hood briefly. Hood participated in a total of two games in his lone, rookie season. Hood went undrafted in the 1999 NBA draft. His entire professional playing career lasted from 1999 to 2005.

Early Life to:

Hood, born in Decatur, Illinois, spent his high school years at Central High School in Kansas City, Missouri. In 1994, he was named to the Street and Smith’s High School All-America Team during his senior season of high school. He went on to Arkansas, where he spent four years. He grabbed more than 1,000 rebounds during his time at Arkansas. At the time, he was only the second player in the history of the school to have more than 1,000 rebounds. He led the Southeastern Conference (SEC) in rebounding twice in his four years at Arkansas. His senior season, he was selected to the All-SEC Second Team. As a sophomore, he finished All-SEC Third Team. Hood started 122 of 131 possible games during his four year career at Arkansas. He finished 19th on the Arkansas all-time scoring list with 1,247 points.

Professional Career:

Hood spent seven days with the Hornets, 25 days with the Philadelphia 76ers and 23 days with the Phoenix Suns. His time with the three teams spanned from 1999 to 2001. From 2002 to 2004, Hood had a couple of stints with the Dallas Mavericks’ organization. In 2002 and 2003, Hood spent time in the NBA G-League (developmental league), where he was named to the All D-League 2nd Team both years.

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