Adam Zagoria covers basketball at all levels. He is the author of two books and an award-winning journalist whose articles have appeared in ESPN The Magazine, SLAM, Sheridan Hoops, Sports Illustrated, Basketball Times and in newspapers nationwide.
Rod Odom, a 6-foot-8 junior small forward from Long Island who plays at the Middlesex (Ma.) School, picked up a scholarship offer Sunday from Seton Hall.
“Seton Hall’s offered him,” Rod Odom Sr. said of his son. “He’s got a few other offers, Harvard, William & Mary, Penn. He goes to a really competitive school and he’s a real smart kid.”
Asked to describe his son’s game, Rod Sr. said: “He’s 6-8 and he passes the ball well. He handles like a guard. He shoots the ball well. He pretty much can play any position. He defends the post real well and he can also defend the guard position. He’s really long.”
Seton Hall feels Odom has big-time potential and could replace the sophomore wing group of Robert “Stix” Mitchell and Jeremy Hazell.
Middlesex coach Jamie Gallagher said Odom averaged 16 points, 7 rebounds and a team-high 5 assists while playing shooting guard for a team that finished 12-9. He is ranked the ninth best SF in New England and the fifth best in Mass., according to the New England Recruiting Report.
“One assistant coach told me, ‘He’s 6-8 and can shoot it. Who’s not going to recruit him?,'” Gallagher said
Odom will also have workouts this month at his school for a number of schools, including Louisville, West Virginia, Davidson, Bucknell, Harvard, Stanford, Georgetown, Princeton, Yale, Xavier, George Washington, UMass, Boston College and Rutgers.
Asked when his son might make a decision, Rod Sr. said: “He said he’s going to do it right after the school season, but most likely it will go a little longer than that.”
Adam Zagoria is a Basketball Insider who covers basketball at all levels. A contributor to The New York Times and SportsNet New York (SNY), he is also the author of two books and is an award-winning journalist and filmmaker. His articles have appeared in ESPN The Magazine, SLAM, Sheridan Hoops, Basketball Times and in newspapers nationwide. He also won an Emmy award for his work on the SNY mini-documentary on Syracuse guard Tyus Battle.
A veteran Ultimate Frisbee player, he has competed in numerous National and World Championships and, perhaps more importantly, his teams won the Westchester Summer League (WSL) championships in 2011 and 2013.
He lives in Manhattan with his wife and children.