OU had everything Odomes wanted

Sooners' second hoops commit liked tempo, atmosphere

Copperas Cove (Texas) High basketball coach Billy White no longer gets nervous when shooting guard Rashard Odomes steps back and takes a shot from 25 feet away from the basket.

White has spent so many years watching Odomes knock down shots from a remarkable distance that he knows that every shot Odomes takes has a chance of going in the hoop.

Odomes, a 6-foot-6 wing player, will bring that shot to Norman next year after Oklahoma fit every feature that he desired perfectly.

“They had all the points that I was looking for in a school,” Odomes said. “Compared to the other schools, it just seemed like OU had everything that I liked.”

Odomes chose Oklahoma over offers from Oklahoma State, Texas A&M, Marquette, Tulsa and Creighton among others.

When Odomes sat down with White and his mother, the Sooners matched what he coveted in a school. He went to a Sooners’ practice and saw the fast-paced offense that he sought to be a part of.

Being recruited primarily by assistant coach Chris Crutchfield as well as head coach Lon Kruger, Odomes experienced the coaching style he wanted.

On his unofficial visit, he felt the atmosphere he wanted to be a part of while watching the Oklahoma football team defeat Tennessee.

That was Odomes only trip to Norman. One unofficial and he was sold as Oklahoma’s second 2015 commit of the year.

“I got everyone’s opinions, and they thought it was the right school for me,” he said.

Odomes, who committed to Oklahoma on Sept. 24, has great range and a good enough first step that earns him space. He shows touch around the basket and believes his driving ability will be his biggest strength at Oklahoma.

His coach said that it’s Odomes understanding of the game, which White saw when Odomes was playing in a junior high, that will help him at the next level.

“The thing that I’ve always been most impressed with Rashard, even when I watched him play in junior high, was his court vision,” White said. “He’s able to see things before they develop. He’s a great passer. . . . Right from the start, he was able to pass the ball so well and see things develop on the floor.”

White believes Odomes is ready for the next level and just needs to get stronger and fill out his 6-foot-6 frame.

There will be an adjustment for Odomes to get acclimated to the speed and physicality of the collegiate game, White said, but White thinks that will happen quickly.

“He can play ball,” White said.

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