When I watched the video that I could find of him, my first reaction was to compare him to a better-shooting Dominic James. He is a lefty with a very quick first step, and Marquette has to be excited about adding depth to the backcourt via this rising sophomore next year.
He is more ready to play than Junior Cadougan and Erik Williams and might even earn a starts right away.
The bad news is that the inking of DJO means that Marquette is over the scholarship limit for next year; that means someone currently on scholarship will not be next year.
It is almost certain that Pat Hazel will be the one dropped, but Liam McMorrow is also a candidate due to injury troubles.
Still, the fact that Buzz Williams went out and nabbed Johnson-Odom shows that he knows a scholarship will open up next year.
DJO was a big-time prospect, as he was recruited by the likes of Kansas, Pittsburgh, Kentucky, Tennessee, Virginia Tech, and West Virginia. But Williams was on top of his game with this one.
Most thought Darius would wait until 2010 to transfer (and that therefore there was time to recruit him), but when word came that he would be eligible for next year, Buzz pulled him in.
This is a very exciting recruit for the Golden Eagles and, above anything else, helps the team recover from the departures following this season. If DJO can tune his point guard skills to go along with his outstanding jump shot, he could develop into one of Marquette’s best all-around players.
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