2010 Intro- Rod Odom

Rod Odom

Rod Odom is fielding interest from all across the country. Among those on his early list are Travis Ford's OSU Cowboys. GoPokes takes an introductory look at the Massachusetts forward.

People have known or heard about Rod Odom for a while now. However, until last weekend at the NBPA Top 100 Camp, Odom hadn't exactly played much on the grassroots basketball circuit and the 6-foot-8 forward was pretty much a mystery to most national analysts.

The product of Concord (Mass.) Middlesex School was glad to get a chance to show what he can do.

"I think it's a great opportunity because there was a lot of great tlaent there," said Odom. "It's good to play against guys who are all at a really high level. I think I got better and more used to the level of play. You always think you can do better and there's always room for improvement."

While he was excited to play in front of scouts, Odom really looked at it as more of an opportunity to test himself. Since he hasn't done much grassroots stuff, he wanted to see where he stacks up against the nation's top players

"I think it's more about just seeing where you are at," said Odom. "Everything will take care of itself. At the end of the day I'll go home and it will all work itself out. It's just about seeing what's out there and how I stack up."

Long limbed with a good skill level, some see Odom as a three while others see him as a face-up four man or combo forward on the next level. Odom himself thinks his versatility is attractive.

"I feel like I'm very versatile," Odom said of his game. "I can do a lot of different things and play, definitely guard, different positions. I definitely need to get stronger. I see myself as more of a three."

On the recruiting front, Odom is hearing from schools all over the country, including Oklahoma State.

"It's going real well," Odom told Go Pokes of his recruitment. "Boston College, Arkansas, Oklahoma State, Arizona, North Carolina, Louisville, those are just some of the schools I'm hearing from."

Looking for an even blend of academics and hoops, Odom would prefer to stay away from discussing specific programs at this point. For now, he just wants to play out the summer and see what happens. Then, he'll be looking to get more specific.

"It will probably be more towards the end of the summer," said Odom of when he'll narrow things down. "I'm going to say it's just about finding the best situation that my family and I feel most comfortable with."

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