Surprise! Norcross basketball star turns down Wake Forest and N.C. State for …

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.

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screw the jackets (not the pooches)

October 25th, 2010
11:47 pm

first yesssssss


October 26th, 2010
12:57 am

LOL he didn’t have any of those offers.

[...] Score one for the mids on the recruiting trail.  Norcross (GA) senior forward Alonzo Nelson-Ododa picked Richmond over California, NC State and DePaul yesterday.  Maybe this isn’t too much of an upset after all, as it’s likely that UR will be far better this coming year than any of those schools (we’ll believe in the Sidney Lowe’s Wolfpack when we see it…). [...]

Norcross Mom

October 26th, 2010
8:12 am

Congrats Alonzo!

Norcross Supporter

October 26th, 2010
11:06 am

Notice to the Haters… We should ALL be happy for this young man! Just because you couldn’t get Full Ride College Scholarship Offers of this Magnitutde, doesn’t mean you should hate on this young man! He obviously has it together, basketball and grades together, because not only did he have all of THESE schools offer, I was informed that he also had offers from Harvard, Penn State, and Colorado, to name just a few.
We support Any of our Norcross players receiving a full ride scholarship. Good Luck at University of Richmond and Congrats!


October 26th, 2010
11:29 am

If UNC and Wake were only half as good at recruiting as the Norcross staff is…

U go boy!

October 26th, 2010
11:42 am

Zo is a beast! UR did a good job recruiting him and they are not a shabby team by any means. Congrats Zo and best wishes at UR.

BTW, (haha), what do you have to bring to the table? who is LOLing now!!!

Winder Barrow Fan

October 26th, 2010
11:46 am

Congratulations Zo, we knew you will do fine with the big dogs. Way to go, bro…will see u on the next level.

Look Out!

October 26th, 2010
11:56 am

Wow, Zo, I knew you were a late bloomer and came under the radar. Way to go, we know you will do well there. The UR team and staff is looking good this time around. The sky is the limit for you bro. Keep up the good work and stay focused!


October 26th, 2010
12:00 pm

Norcross don’t recruit, parents and kids look for the best opportunity for their children. Period.

A Supporter

October 26th, 2010
12:35 pm

Congratulations! Enjoy the ride and get an education.


October 26th, 2010
1:35 pm

Loyalty? Why did he transfer to Norcross from little ole Winder-Barrow if loyalty is so high on his list?


October 26th, 2010
2:15 pm

Loyalty? Last time I checked loyalty didn’t win games or make anyone better. You gotta go where the action is, and that’s what one does…keep it real….


October 26th, 2010
3:09 pm

[...] GA) had another 2011 player commit in 6′-8″ power forward Alonzo Nelson-Ododa, who committed to Richmond. Categories: Basketball Recruiting Tags: Alabama, Alonzo Nelson-Ododa – 2011, Bruce [...]

Air Zaza

October 27th, 2010
1:30 am

Congrats Zo, you made the right decision for you.

[...] Richmond picked up a significant commitment on Monday, out-dueling larger programs NC State, DePaul and California for the services of three-star forward [...]


October 28th, 2010
9:22 am

UNC wasn’t in the race. NC State was. I don’t recall hearing that he ever had a commitable offer from NC State, but I know they were in the race til the end. Like the story states, Richmond had been following him for a longer period of time, has a good program and can offer him more early playing time. Best wishes to Alonzo.


October 29th, 2010
12:34 am

Alonzo will be playing in the Hoops In Overdrive Shoot-Out Norcross vs SW Dekalb on December 31st- and Austin Rivers (Winter Park FL) will play Milton HS on Jan 1. A total of 20 games (3 days)

[...] Alonzo Nelson-Ododa, a forward out of Georgia, surprised many recruiting experts by turning down Wake Forest, California, and NC State for Richmond. [...]

[...] Norcross (Norcross, GA) had another 2011 player commit in 6′-8″ power forward Alonzo Nelson-Ododa, who committed to Richmond. [...]