Odom, a tall and lanky 6-foot-9 junior forward, has the ability to knock down the step-in three-pointer with regularity. He's bulked up considerably since last year, and will need to be a more active player on the floor and in the locker room for the Commodores. According to assistant coach Tom Richardson, the Central Islip, N.Y., native is ready for the challenge.
"[Rod's] put in the time in the offseason. He's been in the gym countless hours and improved every facet of his game," Richardson said. "We're looking for Rod to be one of the most improved players in the SEC this season."
Odom has played in all 70 games of his Vanderbilt career, averaging 3.1 points and 2.3 rebounds, while shooting 37.4 percent from long range.
VUcommodores.com recently sat down with Richardson, a 10-year veteran on Kevin Stallings' staff, to find out some of the things Odom will have to do to be an effective scorer this season.