Louisville makes a new offer

It didn't take long for Louisville to move on after Fab Melo committed to Syracuse. Wednesday afternoon the Cardinals called up one of the Top 100 prospects in the Class of 2010 and made an offer.

Rod Odom, a skilled 6-foot-8, 200-pound forward from Concord (Mass.) Middlesex School, picked up an offer from Louisville on Wednesday, according to the prospects father, Rod Odom, Sr.

"(Louisville assistant) Steve (Masiello) just called and said their interest in Rod is very high," said Odom, Sr. "Coach Pitino saw him in July and he said he loved what he saw and they think Rod can be a superstar in their system because of his skill set and high motor. They think he fits perfectly in their system."

Rated the No. 25 small forward prospect in the Class of 2010 by Scout.com, Odom told InsideTheVille.com he was excited to learn about Louisville's scholarship offer.

"I'm definitely, definitely really excited about it," Odom said. "It's definitely a great opportunity, a great coach and a great program. I'm definitely very excited about it. I just heard about it actually."

Louisville, Boston College, Michigan, Arizona, Harvard and UConn comprise Odom's list. Odom said Louisville's offer has definitely moved the Cardinals to the front of the pack.

"Louisville is definitely at the top of the list because it's a great, great program and a great opportunity," Odom said.

Rod Odom will visit UConn and UofL
in the near future.

Odom's father agreed. "I would say so, (it) significantly (moves them up)," Odom Sr. said.

With an offer from Louisville now in hand, Odom could pick up another offer from Big East powerhouse Connecticut when he visits the Huskies this week.

"I'm going up to UConn tomorrow," said Odom. "Coach Calhoun was at a couple of my games in Florida and I guess they liked what they saw. They haven't offered me yet but they are showing interest so I'm going up there."

Odom also plans to make an unofficial visit to Louisville real soon.

"We're trying to make arrangements to take an unofficial visit to Louisville in the next ten days," Odom, Sr. said. "Coach Pitino is a legend here in New York. When you get an offer from him you have to be excited."

A versatile prospect, Odom can play multiple positions. While some see him as a small forward at the next level, Odom could also grow into a face-up four-man. Possessing a 7'2" wing-span, Odom possesses outstanding ball-handling skills, can defend multiple positions and has considerable upside potential.

"The biggest thing I'm hearing from coaches is Rod's versatility," Odom Sr. said. "He's able to do a lot of different things on the court. He can guard (multiple) positions, including the five, the two, and of course the three. He can play all those positions."

Odom plans to narrow his list to a few schools by the end of next month and make decision before the start of his high school season. Odom mentioned several factors that will help him finalize his decision.

"A good education and playing opportunity," Odom said. "I also feel I want to play in a program that is going to get my best out of me and make me the best player I possibly can be."

Louisville appears to have what Odom is looking for.

"I know Louisville has a great business program and education has always been a top priority in our house," Odom said. "Playing for a great program and coach in a good conference are factors and Louisville fits the bill for all those things. All the things that Louisville has to offer Rod is looking for."

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