Fred Odhiambo

Kenya native Fred Odhiambo emerging as center prospect in 2018

Nov. 28 -- NEWARK, Calif. - Fred Odhiambo's impressive performance at the NorCal Tip-Off Classic on Saturday should help the Kenya native's recruiting interest move to the next level...

Mission Hills (Calif.) Alemany coach Tray Meeks received some good news this off-season when he received a transfer from Paoli (Pa.) Church Farm in Fred Odhiambo.

The 2018 center grew up in Kenya and moved to the states as a freshman for basketball. Over the last two years, Odhiambo stayed off the radar given that he played high school basketball in a small suburb outside of Philadelphia and participated in little AAU.

All of that is changing quickly for Odhiambo. Since he arrived in SoCal, attention has come in from UCLA, California, Santa Clara, Colorado, Oregon State, Washington and Oregon, with the Bruins showing the most interest to date, according to Meeks.

On Saturday at the NorCal Tip-Off Classic - where UCLA, Cal and Oregon State were amongst the schools in attendance - Odhiambo gave reason to believe that college interest will soon turn into offers.

He’s got very good size at 6-foot-11 and 180 pounds with long arms. Odhiambo is a plus athlete who not only has the leaping ability and length to be a rim protector but has legitimate lateral quickness for someone his size.

Improving his hands and offensive skill set will be keys for Odhiambo moving forward, but his inexperience to the sport could play a role with that.

“This is my third year playing,” Odhiambo said. “I play hard, grab rebounds and play smart. I think I need to work on my post moves; when I get the ball I think too much and I just need to play my game.”

It’s early in Odhiambo’s recruitment but he arrived in the states with the hopes of using basketball to help his education and career.

“My goal is to play basketball, get to college, play college basketball and then when I finish college I want to go back home and start a basketball camp,” he said.

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