2010's Odom Balances Books & Ball

We heard the whispers and finally caught up with junior forward Rod Odom. The Middlesex School standout gave Scout.com the latest on his game and situation in this introductory story.

There's a buzz that exists in the recruiting world surrounding junior wing Rod Odom. The 6-foot-8 Odom, a native New Yorker making his bones in Concord (Mass.) Middlesex School, made the move to challenge himself in the classroom.

"It's definitely a more challenging academic situation," Odom said. "I don't have that homework tonight but usually I have about four hours of homework."

While he trudges through the books, colleges are doing their homework on him. So far what we're hearing is that the junior forward has the size of an inside player but the game of wing.

"I have post moves and if someone puts a small kid on me I go to the post," Odom said. "Originally I played big but I didn't know how to play the wing until 7th or 8th grade.

"The fact is that I'm more comfortable and more athletic and I feel like I can handle the ball a lot better than kids my size. I don't even play in the post with my high school team."

Last season, Odom tossed in 16 points, 8 boards and 8 dimes.

His appeal to colleges transcends levels and conferences. An excellent student, he's visited Penn, Columbia and Harvard along with Georgetown. Last week over the holiday he was slated to visit Rutgers and Seton Hall but couldn't do so at that time.

Boston College, Seton Hall, West Virginia, William & Mary and Holy Cross have extended scholarship offers. Rutgers is close and likely to do so in the near future; Arkansas is very interested.

As for balancing books and ball, Odom knows he's got a rough decision to make. "It's tough to figure it out. I definitely want to look for the best mix of both in a place I feel I can make a difference."

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