Julius Hodge

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Julius Hodge
Julius Hodge with Paris-Levallois.jpg
Hodge with Paris-Levallois
Free agent
Position Small forward / Shooting guard
Personal information
Born (1983-11-18) November 18, 1983 (age 32)
Harlem, New York
Nationality U.S. Virgin Islander / Antiguan
Listed height 6 ft 7 in (2.01 m)
Listed weight 210 lb (95 kg)
Career information
High school St. Raymond (Bronx, New York)
College NC State (2001–2005)
NBA draft 2005 / Round: 1 / Pick: 20th overall
Selected by the Denver Nuggets
Pro career 2005–present
Career history
2005–2007 Denver Nuggets
2006 Austin Toros
2006–2007 Colorado 14ers
2007 Milwaukee Bucks
2007 Albuquerque Thunderbirds
2007 Cimberio Varese
2007 Legea Scafati
2007–2009 Adelaide 36ers
2009–2010 Melbourne Tigers
2010 Trotamundos de Carabobo
2010 Guangzhou Free Man
2010–2011 Petrochimi Bandar Imam
2011 BK Minsk-2006
2011 Jiangsu Tongxi
2011–2012 Saigon Heat
2012 Caciques de Humacao
2012 Marinos de Anzoátegui
2012–2013 Paris-Levallois
2013 Saint John Mill Rats
2014 Champville SC
2014 Cheshire Phoenix
Career highlights and awards

Julius Melvin Hodge (born November 18, 1983) is an Antiguan professional basketball player of U.S. Virgin Islander heritage born in Harlem, New York. Hodge was selected 20th overall in the 2005 NBA Draft by the Denver Nuggets. He played four years at North Carolina State University. The ACC Player of the Year during the 2003–04 season, Hodge finished his college career by leading State to the Sweet 16.

Early life[edit]

Julius Hodge was born in the Manhattan neighborhood of Harlem and raised across the Harlem River from Yankee Stadium.[1] His mother, Mary Hodge, worked two jobs, including as a teacher's aide, to support Julius and his two siblings.[1][2]

Hodge became smitten with basketball when he was five years old after his father took him to a New York Knicks game against the Los Angeles Lakers at Madison Square Garden where Magic Johnson smiled at him in the crowd.[1] Hodge's father was deported to Antigua and Barbuda when Hodge was nine years old and Hodge has not seen him since.[2] Hodge's older brother, Steven, was his strongest male role model and played basketball in the NJCAA at Sullivan County Community College and later in NCAA Division II at Long Island University - Southampton. Steven made the decision to name his younger brother after all-time basketball great Julius Erving.[3]

High school[edit]

As a senior at St. Raymond High School for Boys, operated by the De La Salle Christian Brothers, in the Bronx, New York, Hodge was part of the 2001 McDonald's All-American Team and the First-team Parade All-American, New York State Mr. Basketball, New York Daily News Player of the Year, New York All-Metro Squad, and Sports Illustrated's Old Spice Athlete of the Month. He scored a total of 684 points his senior season, setting the school record at St. Raymond High School, and left rated as the best shooting guard by ESPN and fifth-best nationally. Hodge surprised basketball fans by choosing to attend NC State over Syracuse University.[4]


As a freshman with the NC State Wolfpack, he was the leading freshman scorer in the ACC, averaging 10.7 points per game. He was named to second-team All-ACC Tournament team, after averaging 12.3 points. He earned the Lorenzo Charles Offensive Rebounding Award for 2002, Dick Vitale's "Diaper Dandy" and ranked 20th in the ACC in rebounding. He scored a double-double in his first collegiate game and his first ACC game. He was the only Pack player with multiple double-doubles for the 2001-2002 season.

For the 2002–03 campaign, Hodge was selected as a First Team All-ACC player. He recorded four career-highs during the three day run to the finals of the ACC Tournament. He recorded his seventh double-double during the final game of the tournament and ranked seventh in free throw percentage for the season. During this season he recorded the first-ever triple-double in Wolfpack history, and was named ACC Player of the Week after leading the Pack to back-to-back victories against Duke and North Carolina. He was one of 17 finalists to make the U.S. squad for the 2003 Pan American Games and Dick Vitale named Hodge to his "All-Rolls Royce Team." He was one of the 50 preseason candidates for the Wooden Award.

During the 2005 NCAA Tournament, Hodge hit a game winning shot against UConn after Charlie Villanueva had tied the score.

After concluding his senior season and entering the NBA Draft, Hodge remained at NC State to finish his degree in communications.[5]


Hodge was chosen in the first round (20th overall) of the 2005 NBA Draft by the Denver Nuggets. He appeared in 14 games for the Nuggets in the 2005-06 season while averaging only 0.9 points in 2.4 minutes.[6]

On January 5, 2007, Hodge started in his first career NBA game, against the Los Angeles Lakers. Six days later he was traded to the Milwaukee Bucks along with Earl Boykins for Steve Blake.[7] On February 7 of that year, Hodge was waived by the Bucks.[8] Later that year he played for the 2007 Seattle SuperSonics summer league team.[9]


On August 10, 2007, Hodge signed with Italian Serie A team Cimberio Varese. Midway through the season, he transferred to fellow Serie A team Legea Scafati.[10] In Italy, Hodge had trouble getting his clubs to fulfill his salary obligations.[11]

Adelaide 36ers[edit]


On December 21, 2007, Hodge signed with the Adelaide 36ers in the Australian NBL as their second import to replace the outgoing Mike Chappell. He finished his contract with Italian Serie A team Legea Scafati and arrived in Adelaide on December 23 after making trips to his hometown New York. He made his debut for the 36ers against the South Dragons helping them to a victory.[12] On January 29, Hodge was rewarded with the league's player of the week for round 19 after averaging 27 points, 4 rebounds and 4.5 assists in the two games the 36ers played, which included a dominant performance of 39 points, 10 rebounds and 5 assists against the Cairns Taipans.[13] On February 2, Hodge became the first 36er since Robert Rose in 1994 to record a triple double (24 points, 12 rebounds, 13 assists). A few days after, on February 5, Hodge won his second and back-to-back player of the week for Round 20 after averaging 31 points, 10.5 rebounds and 9.5 assists, which also included a performance of 37 points, 9 rebounds, and 6 assists in the 36ers lost to the Gold Coast Blaze.[14] On February 12, Hodge won his third consecutive player of the week for round 21 by having another dominant performance of 31 points, 14 rebounds and 9 assists in the 36ers win against the Cairns Taipans. Hodge became just the second player to win the award three times (Chris Anstey is the other player to do so), and the first player to win it three times consecutively during the season.[15] Despite only playing half of the season in the league, Hodge was rewarded with the All NBL Third Team for his efforts with the 36ers. Hodge then bid for his return to the NBA by trying out with the New Jersey Nets, but could not make the regular season roster despite signing a 2-year non-guaranteed contract.


On November 15, 2008, Hodge re-signed with the Adelaide 36ers replacing outgoing import Mark Tyndale.[16] In the first week of his return to the NBL, Hodge won another NBL Player of the Week award for round 10, averaging 26.5 points per game, 10.5 rebounds, 6 assists, and 1 steal, despite the 36ers losing the two games he played in.[17] This included a dominant performance of 27 points, 8 rebounds, and 8 assists against the South Dragons, and the praise of opposition coach Brian Goorjian, who coached the Australian Boomers in the 2008 Beijing Olympics, saying that he was "possibly the best player in the league."[18] On December 30, 2008, Hodge won his second NBL Player of the Week award of the season for round 15, after having scored 31 points (while shooting 13 of 19 from the field at a 68% clip) and pulling 8 rebounds to lead the 36ers in a crucial road victory over the Melbourne Tigers.[19] On January 7, 2009, Hodge sat out of the 36ers' home game against the Wollongong Hawks due to a pay dispute. On January 8, 2009, the Adelaide 36ers held a press conference announcing that they had released Julius Hodge from his contract at the request of his agent.

In 2011 it was revealed Hodge's recruitment had been paid for out of the $27 million Christopher Wayne Fuss had embezzled from Flinders University.[20] On July 8, 2011 Fuss received nine years jail for the theft.[21]

Melbourne Tigers[edit]

In the summer of 2009, Hodge attended a Chicago Bulls mini-camp but did not make the team's roster.[11] In November 2009, Hodge signed with the Melbourne Tigers to help bolster an injury-plagued roster missing Chris Anstey.[22] In his November 14, 2009 debut, Hodge scored 22 points and tallied 9 rebounds and 7 assists, but it wasn't enough as the Townsville Crocodiles won 98-91.[23]

Hodge returned to Adelaide as a member of the Melbourne Tigers in December 2009. He was booed every time he touched the ball and after the win Hodge stamped on Brett Maher's signature on center court.[24] He had to receive a police escort off the court and out of the building.

Trotamundos de Carabobo[edit]

Hodge returned to the Americas in 2010 after signing a contract with Trotamundos de Carabobo of Venezuela's Liga Profesional de Baloncesto.[25]

Guangzhou Free Man[edit]

After a brief stint in Venezuela, Hodge was signed in the summer of 2010 by Guangzhou Free Man of China's National Basketball League. He scored 16 points in his debut against Shenyang.[26]

Petrochimi Bandar Imam[edit]

Later in 2010, Hodge received a substantial offer from Petrochimi Bandar Imam BC of the Iranian Basketball Super League. Although impressed by the quality of basketball in Iran, Hodge was not comfortable with the environment. Hodge claimed that he was constantly harassed by police asking for identification whenever out in public.[5] On January 2011, Hodge agreed to remain with the club for the remaining four and a half months of the season in exchange for $140,000. On March 3, 2011, Hodge and the club agreed to terminate his contract because they were unable to pay him the full amount of his salary. In a FIBA arbitration proceeding against the club in 2012, Hodge was awarded $63,030 plus interest, costs and expenses.[27]


Hodge's first new team of 2011 was BC Tsmoki-Minsk, a Belarusian Premier League team in Minsk. Due to a struggling economy, the club was slow to make payments and Hodge ultimately exercised an option to exit his contract early.[5]

Jiangsu Tongxi[edit]

Hodge returned to China in 2011, this time playing for the Jiangsu Tongxi. In seven games with Jiangsu, he averaged 25.6 points per game and was named the All-Chinese NBL Import Player of the Year.[28]

Saigon Heat[edit]

In December 2011, Hodge signed with Vietnam's Saigon Heat of the ASEAN Basketball League.[29] On February 20, 2012, the Heat released him.[30] Hodge described playing in Vietnam as an "adventure" where he had the unique experience of playing alongside teammates who worked 9-5 jobs.[5]

Latin America[edit]

Hodge spent the early part of 2012 bouncing around among Caribbean basketball clubs. He began with the Caciques de Humacao of Puerto Rico's Baloncesto Superior Nacional where he averaged 18 points per game, 6.8 rebounds per game and 4 assists per game. However, he and Rashad McCants were released by the team in late March.[31] Hodge next returned to Venezuela to play three games for the Marinos de Anzoátegui. He finally returned to Puerto Rico in July to play for the Vaqueros de Bayamón.[32]


In November 2012, Hodge was added to the roster of Paris-Levallois Basket in France's LNB Pro A.[33] In Paris, he was teammates with Sean May and Jawad Williams, both of whom were Hodge's conference rivals in college and his teenage friends from the youth basketball circuit.[5]

Saint John Mill Rats[edit]

The Saint John Mill Rats of the National Basketball League of Canada announced the signing of Hodge on February 4, 2013. Hodge became just the ninth former NBA player to ever play in the league.[34] The club bought out his contract with Paris-Levallois Basket later that month on February 25.[35]

Champville SC[edit]

In January 2014, Hodge signed with Champville SC of the Lebanese Basketball League for the rest of the 2013–14 season.

Cheshire Phoenix[edit]

In October 2014, Hodge signed a contract with Cheshire Phoenix of the British Basketball League for the rest of the 2014-15 season. On December 31, 2014, Hodge was released by the Phoenix following "a series of misconduct related incidents."[36]

Post-playing career[edit]

On May 18, 2015, Buffalo Bulls head coach Nate Oats announced that Hodge would serve as the Director of Player Development for the State University of New York at Buffalo.[37]


After visiting a nightclub on April 8, 2006, Hodge was on Interstate 76 in North Denver around 2:00 a.m. when another vehicle pulled alongside his and fired several shots. Hodge was told he came within 5 minutes of bleeding to death. The case has yet to be solved.[38]

In 2011, Hodge played for the Antigua and Barbuda national basketball team in the Caribbean Basketball Confederation Championship.[28]

During each offseason of his overseas playing career, Hodge returned to live in Raleigh, North Carolina where he played during his college career. As of 2013, Hodge is married with two children. He describes himself as a "movie buff."[5]


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