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    21  Tai Odiase
    Tai Odiase


    Flossmoor, Ill.

    High School:

    Height / Weight:
    6-9 / 210



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    PREP/PRIOR TO UIC: Ranked as a Top 25 senior in the state of Illinois and the fifth-best center ... averaged 17.4 points, 10.4 rebounds and 3.1 blocks during his senior season ... earned fourth-team IBCA All-State honors along being named All-Area and All-Conference accolades ... guided his team to a regional and sectional championship in 2013-14 ... helped the Vikings claim a conference title during his junior season and was named All-Conference ... was invited to play in the City vs. Suburban All-Star game and the Chicago United Hoops All-Star game ... played AAU ball with Meanstreets.

    PERSONAL: Born on Sept. 21, 1995 ... has two siblings named Ken and Lucky ... son of Philomena and Friday Odiase ... nickname is T.O. ... "biggest athletic thrill" is making it to the sectional finals during his senior year in high school ... intended major is Biology.