Chat with Julius Hodge
Hodge was the ACC player of the year as a junior, and finished his career as the third player in league history with two-thousand points, 700 rebounds and 400 assists. He has worked out with several teams including the Timberwolves, Jazz and Nuggets which has propelled him to a mid-to-late first round prospect.
Send in your questions for Julius now and join him for all the answers on Friday at 3 p.m. ET.
The ShowGirl (3:00 PM)
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Julius Hodge (3:04 PM)
How's everybody doing?? Thank you for having me!
Wolfpack_Alum Charlotte, NC
Julius, best of luck to you in the draft, thanks for all you did for the Pack. What position do you see yourself playing in the NBA 2 or 3?
Julius Hodge (3:05 PM)
What's up NCState alum! Go Pack! On the next level, I see myself as a point guard. On the court, I've always been an unselfish player and I'm a leader, and I love seeing my teammates score. I think that's where I would fit best.
What are your goals for your rookie year?
Julius Hodge (3:06 PM)
I don't want to count my chickens before they hatch, so right now, I just want to keep up my workouts and hope to be drafted by a great organization.
Yo Jules, How has working with Coach Sendek helped you prepare for the draft? GO PACK!
Julius Hodge (3:08 PM)
That's a good one. Playing under coach Sendek for four years has helped me in many ways. He has put me in a put me in a position to be successful, it has helped my game in so many areas. I thank him for that opportunity. I really liked the system that I was brought up in, when I go on interviews, coaches ask me if I liked the system and I always say yes, and they always agree with me that it is one of th best and they look to draw from some of the things that worked so well in that system of his.
Ok, you've played against them all. Who's going to be better in the league Paul or Felton? What about Jackie Manuel he tried to D you up, Heels fans are saying he's going to be drafted.
Julius Hodge (3:11 PM)
Jackie is a good friend of mine. I wish him continued success, he plays great defense, in the NBA, the coaches and GM love a guy who not only works hard on offense, is also full of humility and is so willing to play hard on defense. ... As for the other guys I've always been a big Jarrett Jack and John Gilcrest fan. I see them as underrated PGs in our league. They always play well and even better than the big guys. I go love the way Felton runs the floor, though. He is a great passer.
Mr. Hodge, I was wondering if there was any player in the NBA today that you try to pattern your game after? Perhaps Jalen Rose?
Julius Hodge (3:13 PM)
I have always tried to pattern my game after Magic. Also Afernee Hardaway in his earlier days in the league with Orlando. Other than that, I love to watch what players do, I'd like to pull a little bit of talent from Tayshaun Prince, Josh Howard, Larry Hughes, Gilbert Arenas and Jason Kidd. I really like their games. I've always liked watching Jalen Rose, too.
What are your thoughts on the proposed minimum age to enter the NBA? Did you consicder coming out early?
Julius Hodge (3:15 PM)
I did consider coming out early after my junior season, but I decided to stay to attain my degree and make my mom proud. As for the league minimum, I think, in many ways, it can help ... and in many ways, it can hurt those guys who are good enough to play at the highest level of basketball at 18 years old. Those young guys who thought the NBA would be a cake walk have really hurt the guys that are legitimately good enough to play. I don't know, it's not my place to make a descion on that, but that's what I think.
Julius Hodge (3:15 PM)
I did consider coming out early after my junior season, but I decided to stay to attain my degree and make my mom proud. As for the league minimum, I think, in many ways, it can help ... and in many ways, it can hurt those guys who are good enough to play at the highest level of basketball at 18 years old. Those young guys who thought the NBA would be a cake walk have really hurt the guys that are legitimately good enough to play. I don't know, it's not my place to make a decision on that, but that's what I think.
Chris (Raleigh, NC)
Julius i heard you played your boy Francisco Garcia in few a one on one games a few days ago in Toronto can you tell us how that went? Go Pack! Good luck in the Draft!
Julius Hodge (3:17 PM)
Go Pack!! NCState is the place to be!! The one-on-one with Francsico went great. I may not be the best guy in the drills, but when it comes to 1-on-1, I'm not going to lose many. He actually got me in one game. For the first time, he was actually pretty happy about that. I won the series though. He is such a great guy. He can shoot their lights out. I know he's going to make it, because us New Yorkers have too big of hearts not to.
Julius, I read where you had a workout with Rashad McCants. I always loved seeing you two go at it, and you could tell there wasnt much love lost there. How was the workout?
Julius Hodge (3:19 PM)
That workout, unfortunately, didn't last as long as I had wanted it to. Francisco and I did a majority of the drills by ourselves. I wish it could have gone down, but it didn't. Unfortunately, food poisoning is at a high rate these days, so everybody better be careful about what they eat! BUT, McCants is a really great player. I wish him the best, I hope he makes it in the league, I know he will. It's just all in fun the jokes that I make with him.
Julius, right before you blew by Rudy Gay in the final seconds of the 2nd round game vs. Uconn he seemed to be clapping his hands and talking to you. could you tell us what he said? or was it a little too inappropriate?
Julius Hodge (3:21 PM)
In that final play when I got the ball, I waved to my coach not to call a time out and he had enough confidence in me not to. Rudy was smiling and licking his lips and clapping his hands. I was giving it right back at him. I don't think it was inappropriate, he was doing what he had to to get pumped up. But, I was a wizard with the ball, tripped up Rudy's feet and went to the basket to score. Rudy is a great player, he is going to be a great force in the league someday.
K-Dog (Ft. Lauderdale)
As an FSU alum, I just wanted to say you are a straight-up baller. Best of luck in the draft. Any idea when you expect to go and do you have a team you'd prefer to play for that you feel will fit you just as well as you fit them.
Julius Hodge (3:36 PM)
Thank you for the compliment. As far as the draft, when you are in my position -- when a little less than a month ago, I was projected in the early second round, MAYBE a first round bubbler -- and now I'm in the position I am, I'm just so grateful. I know that hard work and perseverance really does pay off. It doesn't matter where I end up. Wherever I land, I'll play with fire and energy and heart. That's all I can control. I'm from New York, so of course I'd love to become a Knickerbocker someday. But, I'd be happy anywhere. Everywhere I've visited so far has been first class. I've been treated very well. The NBA is kind of like a society that only a couple guys can be in. It's really great. I hope to be a part of it soon!
Jules, Thanks for the memories of watching you both as a great player and a class representative of your university. It truly has been a pleasure, and the very best wishes for great success in the future. The NBA will never be the same:)
Julius Hodge (3:38 PM)
Thank you so much. Go Pack!! Thanks so much for all the support through the years. And thanks for logging on today. I appreciate it. Take care!