Rod Odom, a 6-foot-8 forward from Concord (Mass.) Middlesex School, told Javier Morales of our partner wildaboutazcats.com this afternoon that he expects to announce his college choice in the next couple of days.
Odom is expected to choose among Arizona, Boston College, West Virginia and Vanderbilt. Odom said he wants to talk to each coach again and sit down with his parents before making the big decision.
Odom had initially indicated he could announce this weekend.
Odom, who visited the Arizona campus last month, is a long, lean wing — which is just the kind of player first-year coach Sean Miller puts to good use in his defense, which is a man-to-man with tough on-ball pressure as the other players sag to choke off the lane.
UA fans are familiar with the defense, as it’s a version of the pack-line defense that Dick and Tony Bennett ran at Washington State, and that Herb Sendek runs (out of more of a zone look) at Arizona State.
Miller’s first recruiting class, which was quickly and brilliantly put together last spring, has these kind of long, versatile wings in it. He is still working on the Class of 2010, but news should come quickly on that front, with Odom and shooting guard Daniel Bejarano of Phoenix North High expected to announce very soon.
In any case, Miller certainly knows what he’s doing in the recruiting game.