Heels watch Odia

It was a busy weekend on the recruiting trail for Roy Williams, who spent time in Houston at the Kingwood Classic, but also traveled to D.C. for the Charlie Weber event -- and while there, he watched Churchill Odia.

Odia, a 6-6, 175-pound guard from Nigeria, was first introduced to Inside Carolina readers at last summer's Las Vegas Big Time tournament (reports: July 23, July 26) and after an impressive summer enrolled at Rockville (Md.) Montrose Academy last fall.

According to sources close to the situation, Roy Williams is a big fan of the junior prospect.

IC's Clint Jackson provided the following scouting report -

"Churchill Odia is a rare breed. A lanky 6'6 athlete who can run the point, score from the wing and defend with the best of them. What stands out with Odia when you watch him is the precision passing, court awareness and his calmness on the floor. The junior from Montrose Christian shows a good understanding of the game and uses his height to his advantage as he should. He really sees the floor well and likes to have the defense collapse on him before making the pass to an open teammate. The 17 year old African native is a certain high major caliber player who will need to add strength and steady his jump shot to make a splash on the college level."

BACKGROUND

Churchill Odia emerged on the national scene last summer, starting at the Nike Camp and continuing at Vegas Big Time. Here's what some scouts and analysts had to say about him last summer ...

"The best passer/playmaker at the Nike Camp." -- Cattracks.

"College coaches were asking, 'Who is that guy?,' after he had nailed a couple of long range threes and showed handle like a point guard." -- PrepWestHoops at Big Time -

"Churchill Odia hasn't been exposed to the English language long enough yet to proffer any famous quotes like his namesake, but the bright and talented 6-5 PG/WG from Africa was outstanding on Monday. Obviously, Odia has terrific size for point guard, which he played virtually exclusively for the Gary Payton All-Stars, even if he switches over to the wing in college. Though not a super-explosive athlete, Odia is very smooth and plays the game with patience and poise. He also is a decent three-point shooter and opportunistic scorer in the post." -- PrepStars at Big Time

"He knows how to play the game the right way: unselfish and savvy." -- Eddie Wiscill, IC correspondent

Recruiting analyst Dave Telep wrote the following article when Odia enrolled at Montrose Academy in September - Nigerian Finds A Home In The U.S.


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