Men's Hoops Signs Two Prep Standouts For 2005-2006

Nov. 11, 2004

Los Angeles - Prep standouts Mike Freeman from Alexandria, Va., and Sead Odzic from Skokie, Ill., have signed letters of intent with USC, Trojan men's basketball coach Henry Bibby announced Wednesday (Nov. 11).

'We're very happy to land these two players,' said Bibby. 'Freeman is a skilled power forward who is a great athlete. He can shoot, pass and dribble as a forward. Others in the conference will have a tough time defending him. Odzic is a pure shooter who can really fill it up. He will come in and be one of the best shooters in the Pac-10. Both Mike and Sead are great additions to this program and they will be great complements to the young guys we have in place already.'

Freeman, a 6-8, 210-pound forward from basketball powerhouse Hayfield High in Alexandria, Va., is one of the top players on the East Coast heading into his senior season. As a junior, he averaged 17 points, 9 rebounds, 7 assists and 3 blocked shots as the Hawks went 25-3 and won the 2004 Virginia 3-A Northern Region's Boys Championship (he was named the region's Tournament MVP). He earned first-team All-League honors as a junior and is ranked among the top 150 prospects in the country by several recruiting services. This summer, he played in the prestigious ABCD Basketball Camp. Prior to his junior year, he attended Montrose Christian High. He was born in Oklahoma.

Odzic, a 6-foot-3, 185-pound shooting guard from Niles West High in Skokie, Ill., is a pure shooter and one of the top prospects in Illinois. He is a two-time All-Central-Suburban South League first-team selection, averaging 19 points per game as a junior. He is a career 48% shooter from 3-point range and has a career-high of 44 points. He also attended the ABCD Camp and this past summer was on the Illinois Wolves, one of the top AAU teams in the country, which went 29-1.

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