U of L duo, Odia help team to Classic victory

U of L prospect Churchill Odia discussed his visit to Louisville for the Derby Festival Basketball Classic with Inside The Ville

The White squad, which consisted of University of Louisville signees Lorenzo Wade and Terrance Farley and prospect Churchill Odia, defeated the Purple 123-108 Saturday night in the Derby Festival Basketball Classic.

Both Wade and Farley were productive on the evening helped their team to a come back victory in their first game in Freedom Hall. Wade finished with nine points and seven rebounds and was impressive with his decision-making on the break. Farley had 9 points and 9 rebounds and was productive on the defensive boards during the second half rally.

But what Louisville fans were really interested in last night was the play of the 6-foot-6 Odia. Playing with an injured left shoulder, Odia ended with 7 points, 7 rebounds and 5 assists. Additionally, Odia won the three point contest at halftime, defeating Indiana's A.J. Ratliff in the final.

Odia, who was greeted with a rauchous roar from Louisville fans during the introductions, some clad in Odia t-shirts, appreciated the warm welcome to his possible college home.

"I appreciate everything they did," Odia said of the reception he received from the Louisville fans in attendance. ""I just came here to have fun. I'm happy I was here to play in this all-star game."

Did the Cardinal fans have any influence on Odia's thinking about which college he will eventually choose?

"Yes," Odia responded. "I enjoyed the visit and everything I saw."


Lorenzo Wade and Churchill Odia
Odia said that he and Wade became acquainted during the week and apparently the two will keep in touch during the next few weeks.

"I got Wade's number," Odia said following the game. "I've got to get my visa thing worked out and then I'll think about where I'm going. But I enjoyed being here."

Sitting next to Odia on the White team bench following the game, Wade predicted his new friend would eventually join him back in Louisville next season.

"Are you talking about my best friend Churchill?" Wade responded with a laugh when asked if he had been working on Odia for the Cardinals. "I worked on him a little bit. I believe [he's coming to Louisville]. Churchill is coming. He's coming. Where else would he go? It's the best basketball in the country!"

Odia said Thursday he may take additional visits but isn't certain at this point if those trips will occur.

"I don't know yet," Odia said. "When I get back to school I'll think about it. But right now I don't know."

Asked if he might announce his decision this week upon returning to school, Odia responded, "No, it will be in two or three weeks." He further indicated that the reason for that time frame was to get his visa situation cleared up.

DUNK CONTEST A.J Ratliff defeated Memphis signee Richard Dorsey for the title.

Notes

  • U of L football prospect James McKinney sat behind the south basket at one of the endzone press tables Saturday night.
  • Current U of L stars Francisco Garcia, Taquan Dean, and Ellis Myles were all present.
  • Former Louisville players Mohammed Lasege and Alhaji Mohammed attended the game, too.

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