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.
West Virginia Offers Odom; Legends Field Announced
West Virginia became the second Big East school to offer a scholarship to 6-8 junior Rod Odom of the Middlesex (Ma.) School after a workout at his school Sunday.
“I just got a call from (West Virginia assistant) Billy Hahn offering him a full scholarship,” said Rod Odom Sr. “They were excited about what they saw at the workout. Rod shot the lights out.”
Seton Hall assistant Derm Player was also at the workout, and Rod Sr. said Seton Hall had previously been the first Big East school to offer. Odom also holds offers from Holy Cross, William & Mary, with Columbia, Harvard and Penn also interested.
He projects as a 6-8 shooting guard.
“Most of the schools are considering putting him at the two because of his passing ability and his ability to shoot and his ability to guard that position, too,” Rod Sr. said.
Seton Hall is also involved with 6-9, 245-pound senior Andrew Fitzgerald of Brewster (N.H.) Academy, but Brewster coach Jason Smith said Fitzgerald “will most likely not sign until the spring. At this point, he doesn’t have any visits scheduled.”
“He’s very skilled,” Smith said. “Andrew has outstanding footwork and hands. He can step out and shoot the ball from 18-19 feet and finishes very well around the rim.”
Speaking of Brewster, 6-8 senior forward Thomas Robinson will visit Memphis Oct. 3.
“At this point,” Smith said, “Kansas is his slight leader. He’s looking forward to getting to Memphis to visit, so he will have another school to compare to his Kansas trip. He’s scheduled to visit USC Oct. 14.”
Elsewhere, Dominic Cheek of St. Anthony will have an in-home tonight with Pitt coach Jamie Dixonand another on Tuesday with Memphis head coach John Calipari.
LEGENDS FIELD ANNOUNCED
Defending Big East Champion Pittsburgh, Texas Tech, Mississippi State and Washington State have been announced as the four regional hosts for the 2008 Legends Classic.
The tournament will tip-off with games November 18-22 at the regional sites and will conclude with the championship rounds at the Prudential Center in Newark on Nov. 28 and 29.
The four regional hosts advance to the championship rounds at Prudential Center regardless of the regional results. The other participants will advance to play a round-robin series at Fairleigh Dickinson’s Rothman Center on November 28, 29 & 30.
Championship round tickets to the Legends Classic are officially on sale. Tickets may be purchased through www.ticketmaster.com, at the Prudential Center Box Office or through the WSU athletics ticket office.
TRENT TO PATTERSONClarence Trent, a 6-7, 230-pound PF who recently committed to Washington, is transferring to the Patterson (N.C.) School from Henderson (NV) Findlay Prep.
“He is not officially in yet, but it looks like it will happen,” Patterson coach Chris Chaney said.
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.
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