Odom making visits

Rod Odom is on the road to making a college decision. The 6'8 2010 forward will make several visits, including a trio to Big East programs, in the next few weeks in an effort to make a decision before the end of September.

Rod Odom was supposed to visit UConn last week but had to reschedule. Odom will make several visits in the next few weeks and the 6'8 forward expects to make a decision by the end of September.

"I didn't end up going to UConn so I'm rescheduling to September 3," Odom said. "That's an unofficial (visit). I'm going to Arizona for an official visit September 18 and I'm at West Virginia right now. I plan on going to Boston College at the end of the month and I'm also going to go to Harvard."

Odom will also visit Louisville early next month.

"I'm going down to Louisville September 5," said Odom. "I'm looking forward to it because I've actually never seen the campus and I've never gotten to meet Coach (Rick) Pitino in person. I've heard a lot of good things so I'm really interested to see their school."

Odom recently spoke with Pitino on the telephone and says his interest in the Cardinals remains strong despite the Karen Sypher news that broke last week.

"I talked to him last week," said Odom. "That (Sypher story) has nothing to do with me or basketball. So it's not really something I think about. But as far as basketball, he really stressed to me his ability to develop wing players like myself."

Pitino has a long history of developing wing players like Odom into first round NBA draft picks – a list that includes Ron Mercer, Derek Anderson, Francisco Garcia and Terrence Williams.

"That's definitely something that makes me more interested in (their) program," Odom said. "I'm excited to get down there and see everything."

Odom is also interested in UConn. Jim Calhoun's Huskies recently offered Odom a scholarship.

"UConn is a good situation," Odom said. "It's close to home and something we'll take into consideration when we're making a decision."

The plan for Odom is simple. He'll make his visits, compare notes and make a decision. He's keeping his options open and he'll use the visits to help him come to a decision.

"I don't think there's any one particular leader," Odom said. "I'm pretty much still weighing my options. If all things go according to plan I'll make my decision at the end of September."

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