RECRUITING NOTES: Odoms appreciate interest in UA programby Javier Morales on Oct. 06, 2009, under Sports
Rod Odom Sr. told me his son’s decision “could take a couple of days, or a couple of weeks, I don’t know.” Chances are, however, that Concord (Mass.) Middlesex School forward might decide by as early as Wednesday because he no longer has visits set up and the elder Odom has talked in depth with coaches from West Virginia, Arizona and Vanderbilt.
If the elder Odom is getting tired of phone calls from the information-starved reporters he is not sounding like it. He said he and his son appreciate the fact that Arizona media outlets have shown such an interest in his son’s decision.
“To be honest with you, that’s one reason why Rod is considering Arizona because you all are so interested in what happens with that program,” Odom Sr. said. “I think that says a lot about the kind of program they have over there.”
BEJARANO FRIEND OF UA’S LAVENDER. When asked if he knows anybody on the current UA roster, Phoenix North standout Daniel Bejarano said he has played against some in elite-level summer league games but he’ll have to match the name with the face.
He is however well aware of UA sophomore guard Brendan Lavender, who hails from Mesa Mountain View.
“I know Brendan pretty well because he’s from up here (in Phoenix) and we’ve played,” said Bejarano, who begins a two-day official tour of the UA campus on Wednesday. “I’m looking forward to seeing him and meeting the rest of the players. After taking to the (UA coaches Monday night) it sounds like they are a good group of guys.”
McCALLUM NOT CLOSE TO A COMMITMENT: Detroit Country Day School point guard Ray McCallum said after visiting UCLA last weekend that he is not closer to committing to the Bruins than he was before the visit.
“Right now, I am just looking at all these schools and taking visits to all of them,” McCallum told Rivals.com. “Showing the schools the same amount of love. Then kind of go from there.”
In a couple of messages sent to me recently McCallum has reiterated that nothing has changed in his recruitment. He is scheduled to take his official visit when the UA plays its Red-Blue Scrimmage on Nov. 1. The game is at 1 p.m. at McKale Center. The UA fans can do their part in the process by filling McKale. Tickets are now available.