Odzic Careful To Keep Options Open

Niles West junior guard Sead Odzic is hearing from a lot of schools. At this point, he doesn't want to discourage anyone from recruiting so takes his time when discussing possibilities.

The month of March is a time when colleges can dial up the digits of their favorite prospects once. The month is designed to let kids know who might be interested heading into the spring period.

Columbia, North Carolina State, Dayton, Nebraska, Valparaiso, Illinois State, Southern Illinois and Wyoming placed phone calls to 6-3 Skokie (IL) Niles West shooting guard Sead Odzic. Odzic has scholarship offers from Illinois State, Wyoming and Valpo already.

Odzic, an excellent student and not one to put the cart before the horse, is cautious with his school list. "I have a bunch of schools talking to me. I don't want to name any and leave others out. After the summer I'll narrow my list down."

Basically, four months from now, Odzic will put together a finished list of schools. Until then, he'll go to work with the Illinois Wolves, an AAU program that went 44-5 last season. Currently, he's on spring break and might squeeze in an unofficial visit to Brian Gregory's Dayton Flyers program.

The next few months will most definitely dictate Odzic's level of recruitment. Right now, a host of outstanding mid-major programs are positioning themselves with him. A strong spring and a good summer could lead to even higher offers provided he sticks his 3-pointers, a hallmark of his game.

Odzic says he's not opposed to playing at mid or high-major program. "It depends on the situation. I'm also looking at the academics. It depends if I can play as a sophomore and later. I'm thinking about after college." Odzic will participate in the Reebok ABCD Camp this summer.

As a sophomore, Odzic averaged 18 points a game. This year, his scoring average went up a single point and there is plenty of explanation for the modest increase. "It was a lot harder to get my 19 this year than it was a sophomore. It was easier when I wasn't known and it'll be harder next year."

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