With the Faith 7 Bowl, Odomes got two things that he wanted: A chance to play amongside some elite talent and the opportunity to play his first game in Oklahoma, where he’ll play the next four years.
Odomes is one of 20 players participating in the 50th edition of the Faith 7 Bowl this weekend in Shawnee. Top players from Oklahoma and Texas will play against each other in the game scheduled for 7 p.m. Saturday at Oklahoma Baptist University.
“I was just looking at the level of talent that were going to be in the ones (I could play in),” Odomes said. “I didn’t want to play in one that really didn’t have a level to be talent.”
All 10 players on the Texas roster are playing in college with nine of the players headed to D-I programs. Along with Odomes heading to Oklahoma, two players will play at Baylor, one is going to Ohio State and one will be a member of the Michigan State Spartans next year.
The Oklahoma roster includes: California-bound Tyson Jolly out of Putnam City West, Tulsa Memorial’s A.J. Crockrell (UTSA), Tulsa Victory Christian’s Chris Crawford (Oral Roberts), Hayden Howell from Cal Albert (Abilene Christian), Edmond Santa Fe’s DaQuan Jeffries (Oral Roberts), three-time state champion Ty Lazenby from Glencoe (NOC-Enid), Curran Scott from Edmond Memorial (UNC-Charlotte), Cory Kilby from Ada (Mercer), Verdigris High’s Cade Upshaw (NOC-Enid) and Jamey Woods from Lawton Eisenhower (East Central).
Every single player in the game will be playing in college, six are headed for a major conference program and 15 will play Division-I basketball.
“The guys that I’m playing with are high-level guys that are going to be playing at the same level as I’m headed to,” Odomes said. “It’s just going to be fun to be playing with them.”
Odomes said that he thinks he’ll be participating in the dunk contest scheduled for halftime of the game. After the game, he’ll begin a month-long stay in Oklahoma, where he’ll be working out as a part of summer workouts.
“Right after the game, I’ll probably be reporting up to Norman,” Odomes said. “It came just in time.”