Score one for the little guys.
Norcross High’s Alonzo Nelson-Ododa turned down basketball scholarship offers from Wake Forest, North Carolina and California to commit to the University of Richmond.
“He wavered a lot,” Norcross coach Jesse McMillan. “He has been going through the decision for over a month now. He felt like Richmond was the place where he felt most comfortable and where he could contribute early.
“Richmond may be smaller, but they have a heck of a program. They beat some good schools last year.” Richmond defeated a pair of SEC teams, Florida and Mississippi State, and lost in overtime to Wake Forest.
The 6-foot-8 Nelson-Ododa had built a relationship with Richmond before his stock soared over the summer at camps. “The Richmond staff had been recruiting me the longest and hardest and I thought that showed their commitment to making me a better player and helping me reach my goals”.
Nelson-Ododa averaged 14 points and 8 rebounds as a junior last year at Winder-Barrow before transferring to Norcross.