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When it’s all said and done, Jake Odum figures to be the most successful player at Indiana State since Larry Bird.
In high school, the hometown Terre Haute native was just a blip on the recruiting radar despite posting some pretty impressive numbers for Terre Haute South.
Back in those days, Odum barely stood over 6'0" before growing three to four inches since his arrival to campus.
As a redshirt freshman, Odum led the Sycamores to the NCAA tournament with its first 20-win season since 2001.
Fellow Terre Haute native and Iowa transfer Jake Kelly suffered through an injury-riddled season, but fortunately for the program, Odum stepped up to help carry the load.
Thriving on his playmaking ability, Odum averaged 9.3 points, 3.1 rebounds and 4.1 assists last season.
Although he may seem to be a little flashy at times, Odum is a magician with the basketball and plays with a lot of confidence, fire and swagger.
Standing 6’4”, Odum’s growth spurt has given him the length to do more things at both ends of the floor, notably on the defensive end (1.8 steals per game).
The redshirt sophomore point guard can also take over a game on the offensive end, as he posted three games of at least 20 points during Valley play and 15 double-figure scoring games overall.
Odum’s ability to create mid-range opportunities off the dribble account for his impressive 47.7 shooting percentage from the floor.
If Odum adds more muscle to his frame and polishes up his perimeter jumper this summer, the hometown kid should compete with Kyle Weems and Doug McDermott for Conference Player of the Year in helping lead the Sycamores back to the Dance.