Nelson-Ododa Gives Verbal Pledge

Alonzo Nelson-Ododa has his list down to two. On Monday he cut it to one, giving an Atlantic-10 squad a verbal commitment.

Richmond reeled in their fourth 2011 verbal commitment.

Alonzo Nelson-Ododa, of Norcross (Ga.) High, gave Chris Mooney and his staff a pledge Monday evening, picking the Spiders over strong interest from North Carolina State.

"I thought that Richmond had a solid plan for my development and they showed me how I would be utilized in their system," Nelson-Ododa said. "The Richmond staff had been recruiting me the longest and hardest and I thought that showed their commitment to making me a better player and helping me reach my goals"

Nelson-Ododa joins a solid 2011 recruiting class for Mooney. Also committed are Luke Piotrowski, Trey Davis and Kendall Anthony.

During his junior at Winder-Barrow, Nelson-Ododa averaged 14 points, eight rebounds and three blocks per game. His new coach Jesse McMillan has big expectations for his career at Richmond.

"Alonzo is a terrific young man that has a very bright future ahead of him," McMillan said. "He is very skilled around the rim and has the ability to step out and really shoot the ball. We expect him to be a contributor very early in his career at Richmond"

Richmond assistant Jamal Brunt was the point man for Nelson-Ododa, a 6-foot-8, 210-pound post prospect.

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