There is no shortage of new players on the 2011-2012 Boston College Eagles men’s basketball team, and Eddie Odio (#4) is one of them. This freshman forward is the next to be featured, and he was the first of the 2011 recruits in the bank for Steve Donahue.
On May 20 of last year, Odio, a high school student from Miami, FL just finishing his junior year, verbally committed to Boston College. He beat out Dennis Clifford by four days for the honor of being this class’s first recruit, but as the story goes, he was definitely not the last.
Last season was very strong for Odio at Christopher Columbus HS, where he was a first-team all-star in both his junior and senior seasons. He averaged 16.7 points per game and 10.2 rebounds per game in a year that saw his school head to the Florida 6A semifinals before falling to Winter Park High.
Odio is considered a small forward, but at 6-7, I wouldn’t exactly call that small (but seriously, I’m not that dense). He only weighs 195 pounds, however, which would almost certainly make him a very thin 6-7. Thankfully, Boston College has a very nice weight room for athletes.
For some visual help on Odio’s game, assuming you were not at the exhibition game to see him get limited minutes, consult the following YouTube video:
As only a two-star recruit with practically no buzz surrounding him, Odio can take the opportunity to surprise some people with a good work ethic and an ongoing drive to get better. Though it appears he will not get serious minutes on the court this season, he seems to be a hard worker who doesn’t take too many plays off, and that may help him earn the confidence of the coaches if he consistently shows it. He will, however, need to add some bulk to become a more formidable ACC player.