Tuesday, July 24, 2012

Top Departing #3: Charles Odum

With the throes of the offseason all around us, I thought it would be fun to take a look at the 20 best players that are departing from the Big Sky, either due to graduating, declaring for the draft, or transferring.

The first part of Charles Odum's game that made him unique was the fact that he was a 6'0'' shooting guard. He could play PG for stretches, but he was most effective playing off the ball. The second thing that made him unique was that even though he was a an undersized two guard, he was so good at getting into the lane and scoring.

As a junior, he shot 58% on two-pointers. Last year, as a senior, he bumped that up to 61.4% inside the arc. Those are the percentages of an efficient big man, and the fact that he did that at his size was really remarkable and spoke to his great efficiency. From the outside, he shot 34% on threes - good enough to keep defenses honest.

Along with being able to score in the lane, he was great at getting to the free throw lone and converting. His FT rate was 59th in the country, and he was 3rd in the Big Sky in fouls drawn per 40 minutes. He made 83% of his freebies once he got to the line. Added all up, he was an extremely efficient player in his time at Portland State, and his TS% of 64.9% was good for 20th in the country.

Odum was a unique player, and he was a focal point for the Vikings as they got back to the Big Sky Tournament. He was one of the most efficient guys in the Big Sky, particularly remarkable for his great work inside the lane. That is why he winds up at number three on this list.

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