Welcome Josh Oduro

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One aspect I haven't seen mentioned in regards to Josh's announcement is that Josh's brother is coming to play for Mason next year. The Oduro family seems to be all in for Mason (I've talked with them at games). Unless Josh were to get feedback from the NBA folks that indicated he would likely be a high draft pick, and who could blame him with that kind of feedback, I'm willing to bet Josh wants to come back and play with his brother.

These camps will only help him as a player and make him a better prospect for next year's draft. And it doesn't do the NBA any good to have a ton of college students declare for the draft only to go undrafted. Realistically, he would have to be one of the top 60 players coming out of college to be selected, then you get in to position numbers. He may be big for the A-10 but for the NBA, he's a good size but not unique. So does he need to be one of the to 60, or one of the top 10 guys who are around 6" 9' coming out?

I don't know, I'm just speculating, but I do expect Josh to be back in a Mason uniform for 22-23.
 

dr. gunnie

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Josh will be back.

The bigger question is why wouldn’t every junior in country that avgs over 10 a game do the same thing? Have NBA scouts tell you where you are and what you need to work on to make it to the league? Seems like a no brainer.
 

bravesfan

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Josh will be back.

The bigger question is why wouldn’t every junior in country that avgs over 10 a game do the same thing? Have NBA scouts tell you where you are and what you need to work on to make it to the league? Seems like a no brainer.

Yeah, I thought it was pretty clear that he's going to get a workout in, be told that he needs to get stronger and be more of a bully down low. Maybe work on his shooting range. And then he'll be back improved after an offseason program focusing on those items.
 

MasonFanatic

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I thought the wording of Josh's statement was pretty clear - at this point he's going through the draft evaluation process, not entering the draft itself. He also wasn't saying goodbye. Compare it to many of the other statements from players who clearly said cya.

Add in what Kim said on the Coach's Show, and I don't understand the panic. Some of y'all are just looking for reasons to be miserable.
 

gmutom

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I didn't have the benefit of listening to KE's coach's show before I saw the post from Oduro. You guys have walked me back from the ledge. Gonna put the Xanax back in the bottle and go for a nice long walk.
Naked Gun Panic GIF
 

patriot2000

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Oduro was definitely my favorite player on the roster this year, but I would be blown away if he was drafted. At this moment, he is not at all what I believe the league is looking for. What he is, is smart, focused, adaptable, and hard working. Going through this process, listening, learning, and coming back for another year is going to be great for him and great for Mason.

He's good enough and driven enough that he might actually be draftable after another year of development, but I would be truly shocked if any NBA scout said he's there now. Not a criticism of Josh, just an acknowledgment of the fact that there are different styles of basketball in the world and his current self is better suited for the international game than the NBA game.
 

GMUMiked

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I love Josh but he ain't getting drafted this year, next year, or if even he uses his covid year (yes please!), the year after next. He just is not athletic enough. Drew Timme is a similar player but an inch taller, more skilled, has been one of the best players in all of college basketball for the last two years and he MAY get drafted late in the second round. Unless Josh grows another 2 inches or adds another 2 inches to his vert he's looking at a very productive career overseas whenever his time at Mason is over. Not a slight at all, he's already one of the best ever to lace'em up for Mason. Hope the draft process serves him well and he comes back ready to kill it in the A-10 next year.
 

jessej

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i saw this chart and thought of Josh
He has made TREMENDOUS gains amd improvements in his game under KCE
and i hope that continues to improve
plus i hope that the NBA Scouts tell him what he needs to work on and he also does that (with the help of the GMU coaching staff)

 

Pablo

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The final individual award of the celebration named Josh Oduro and Annabelle Eastman as Dr. Pettrone Student-Athletes of the Year.

Oduro is the first player in Mason history to be named to the All-Atlantic 10 First Team. He was an NABC All-District 4 First Team and VaSID First Team All-State selection. He ranked first in the A-10 in scoring, claiming Mason's first individual conference scoring title since George Evans in 1998-99. He finished in the top-10 in the league in scoring, rebounding and blocks. He was one of just three players in the nation to average at least 18-plus points, shoot 52 percent or better from the floor and tally at least 1.5 blocks per contest. He posted four 30-plus point efforts, 11 games with 20 or more points, and scored at least 10 in 23 of the 27 games he played.

Eastman was the 2021 Atlantic 10 champion in cross country, becoming Mason's first athlete since 2013 to win the individual title. She qualified for her second consecutive NCAA Cross Country Championship by placing seventh in the NCAA Southeast Region, one of the toughest in the country. She is only the sixth-ever Mason female athlete to qualify for the NCAA Cross Country Championships and the first since 1996. She earned Second Team All-America honors after qualifying for the NCAA Track & Field Championships in spring of 2021. She is a Provost Scholar-Athlete, A-10 All-Academic selection and USTFCCCA Academic All-American as well as CoSIDA All-District honoree.


GREEN & GOLD CELEBRATION AWARD WINNERS


Aimee Willard Commemorative Award
Jessica McRae (Women's Track & Field)

Susan Collins Leadership for Women in Sport Award
Natalia Kanos (Rowing)

President's Cup

The award is presented to the Mason team that has earned the highest cumulative team GPA by the end of the Fall academic term.
Women's Team: Women's Volleyball
Men's Team: Men's Cross Country

Patriot's Cup
The 2021-2022 Patriot Cup nominated teams have demonstrated that spirit to their fellow student-athletes.
Winning Team: Softball

Iron Patriot Award
The Iron Patriot Award is presented to the senior student-athlete who through their dedication, commitment and sacrifice in the weight room has been a positive influence in their role as a teammate and on their competitive performance. Student-Athletes are selected for the award by members of the strength and conditioning team at Mason.
Female Iron Patriot: Livija Kaktaite (Women's Basketball)
Male Iron Patriot: Scott Morgan (Baseball)

Female Dr. Pettrone Student-Athlete of the Year: Annabelle Eastman (Women's Track & Field)
Male Dr. Pettrone Student-Athlete of the Year: Josh Oduro (Men's Basketball)

Female Sportsmanship: Livija Kaktaite (Women's Basketball)
Male Sportsmanship: Jack Bolz (Men's Volleyball)

Female Most Improved: Jessica McRae (Women's Track & Field)
+ Has gone from walk-on to 2021 Atlantic 10 champion in the hammer throw
+ 2022 Atlantic 10 silver medalist in the hammer throw and weight throw

Male Most Improved: Jack Ikenberry (Men's Track & Field/Cross Country)
+ 2021 Atlantic 10 runner-up in cross country
+ 2022 Atlantic 10 champion in the 5,000m

Female Rookie of the Year: Ali Tyler (Women's Swimming & Diving)
+ Five-time Atlantic 10 champion, earning gold in three individual events and two relays
+ 2022 Atlantic 10 Rookie Performer of the Year

Male Rookie of the Year: Logan Messer (Wrestling)
+ Overall record of 27-9 (most wins on the team) at 174 pounds in 2022
+ Five technical falls ranked him 15th in NCAA Division 1 wrestling
+ U-20 Nationals All-American

Women's Team of The Year: Women's Tennis
+ Best record since 2018-19, finishing 13-7 overall
+ Seven of the nine positions had winning records this season

Men's Team of The Year: Men's Swimming and Diving
+ Second at the 2022 Atlantic 10 Swimming & Diving Championships for the second straight year
+ Eight medals over the four-day championship meet"
 

TweederGMU

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The final individual award of the celebration named Josh Oduro and Annabelle Eastman as Dr. Pettrone Student-Athletes of the Year.

Oduro is the first player in Mason history to be named to the All-Atlantic 10 First Team. He was an NABC All-District 4 First Team and VaSID First Team All-State selection. He ranked first in the A-10 in scoring, claiming Mason's first individual conference scoring title since George Evans in 1998-99. He finished in the top-10 in the league in scoring, rebounding and blocks. He was one of just three players in the nation to average at least 18-plus points, shoot 52 percent or better from the floor and tally at least 1.5 blocks per contest. He posted four 30-plus point efforts, 11 games with 20 or more points, and scored at least 10 in 23 of the 27 games he played.

Eastman was the 2021 Atlantic 10 champion in cross country, becoming Mason's first athlete since 2013 to win the individual title. She qualified for her second consecutive NCAA Cross Country Championship by placing seventh in the NCAA Southeast Region, one of the toughest in the country. She is only the sixth-ever Mason female athlete to qualify for the NCAA Cross Country Championships and the first since 1996. She earned Second Team All-America honors after qualifying for the NCAA Track & Field Championships in spring of 2021. She is a Provost Scholar-Athlete, A-10 All-Academic selection and USTFCCCA Academic All-American as well as CoSIDA All-District honoree.


GREEN & GOLD CELEBRATION AWARD WINNERS

Aimee Willard Commemorative Award
Jessica McRae (Women's Track & Field)

Susan Collins Leadership for Women in Sport Award
Natalia Kanos (Rowing)

President's Cup

The award is presented to the Mason team that has earned the highest cumulative team GPA by the end of the Fall academic term.
Women's Team: Women's Volleyball
Men's Team: Men's Cross Country

Patriot's Cup
The 2021-2022 Patriot Cup nominated teams have demonstrated that spirit to their fellow student-athletes.
Winning Team: Softball

Iron Patriot Award
The Iron Patriot Award is presented to the senior student-athlete who through their dedication, commitment and sacrifice in the weight room has been a positive influence in their role as a teammate and on their competitive performance. Student-Athletes are selected for the award by members of the strength and conditioning team at Mason.
Female Iron Patriot: Livija Kaktaite (Women's Basketball)
Male Iron Patriot: Scott Morgan (Baseball)

Female Dr. Pettrone Student-Athlete of the Year: Annabelle Eastman (Women's Track & Field)
Male Dr. Pettrone Student-Athlete of the Year: Josh Oduro (Men's Basketball)

Female Sportsmanship: Livija Kaktaite (Women's Basketball)
Male Sportsmanship: Jack Bolz (Men's Volleyball)

Female Most Improved: Jessica McRae (Women's Track & Field)
+ Has gone from walk-on to 2021 Atlantic 10 champion in the hammer throw
+ 2022 Atlantic 10 silver medalist in the hammer throw and weight throw

Male Most Improved: Jack Ikenberry (Men's Track & Field/Cross Country)
+ 2021 Atlantic 10 runner-up in cross country
+ 2022 Atlantic 10 champion in the 5,000m

Female Rookie of the Year: Ali Tyler (Women's Swimming & Diving)
+ Five-time Atlantic 10 champion, earning gold in three individual events and two relays
+ 2022 Atlantic 10 Rookie Performer of the Year

Male Rookie of the Year: Logan Messer (Wrestling)
+ Overall record of 27-9 (most wins on the team) at 174 pounds in 2022
+ Five technical falls ranked him 15th in NCAA Division 1 wrestling
+ U-20 Nationals All-American

Women's Team of The Year: Women's Tennis
+ Best record since 2018-19, finishing 13-7 overall
+ Seven of the nine positions had winning records this season

Men's Team of The Year: Men's Swimming and Diving
+ Second at the 2022 Atlantic 10 Swimming & Diving Championships for the second straight year
+ Eight medals over the four-day championship meet"

Mens Team of the Year - I'm guessing none of our teams won a league title this year?
 

Jack Strop

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The final individual award of the celebration named Josh Oduro and Annabelle Eastman as Dr. Pettrone Student-Athletes of the Year.

Oduro is the first player in Mason history to be named to the All-Atlantic 10 First Team. He was an NABC All-District 4 First Team and VaSID First Team All-State selection. He ranked first in the A-10 in scoring, claiming Mason's first individual conference scoring title since George Evans in 1998-99. He finished in the top-10 in the league in scoring, rebounding and blocks. He was one of just three players in the nation to average at least 18-plus points, shoot 52 percent or better from the floor and tally at least 1.5 blocks per contest. He posted four 30-plus point efforts, 11 games with 20 or more points, and scored at least 10 in 23 of the 27 games he played.

Eastman was the 2021 Atlantic 10 champion in cross country, becoming Mason's first athlete since 2013 to win the individual title. She qualified for her second consecutive NCAA Cross Country Championship by placing seventh in the NCAA Southeast Region, one of the toughest in the country. She is only the sixth-ever Mason female athlete to qualify for the NCAA Cross Country Championships and the first since 1996. She earned Second Team All-America honors after qualifying for the NCAA Track & Field Championships in spring of 2021. She is a Provost Scholar-Athlete, A-10 All-Academic selection and USTFCCCA Academic All-American as well as CoSIDA All-District honoree.


GREEN & GOLD CELEBRATION AWARD WINNERS

Aimee Willard Commemorative Award
Jessica McRae (Women's Track & Field)

Susan Collins Leadership for Women in Sport Award
Natalia Kanos (Rowing)

President's Cup

The award is presented to the Mason team that has earned the highest cumulative team GPA by the end of the Fall academic term.
Women's Team: Women's Volleyball
Men's Team: Men's Cross Country

Patriot's Cup
The 2021-2022 Patriot Cup nominated teams have demonstrated that spirit to their fellow student-athletes.
Winning Team: Softball

Iron Patriot Award
The Iron Patriot Award is presented to the senior student-athlete who through their dedication, commitment and sacrifice in the weight room has been a positive influence in their role as a teammate and on their competitive performance. Student-Athletes are selected for the award by members of the strength and conditioning team at Mason.
Female Iron Patriot: Livija Kaktaite (Women's Basketball)
Male Iron Patriot: Scott Morgan (Baseball)

Female Dr. Pettrone Student-Athlete of the Year: Annabelle Eastman (Women's Track & Field)
Male Dr. Pettrone Student-Athlete of the Year: Josh Oduro (Men's Basketball)

Female Sportsmanship: Livija Kaktaite (Women's Basketball)
Male Sportsmanship: Jack Bolz (Men's Volleyball)

Female Most Improved: Jessica McRae (Women's Track & Field)
+ Has gone from walk-on to 2021 Atlantic 10 champion in the hammer throw
+ 2022 Atlantic 10 silver medalist in the hammer throw and weight throw

Male Most Improved: Jack Ikenberry (Men's Track & Field/Cross Country)
+ 2021 Atlantic 10 runner-up in cross country
+ 2022 Atlantic 10 champion in the 5,000m

Female Rookie of the Year: Ali Tyler (Women's Swimming & Diving)
+ Five-time Atlantic 10 champion, earning gold in three individual events and two relays
+ 2022 Atlantic 10 Rookie Performer of the Year

Male Rookie of the Year: Logan Messer (Wrestling)
+ Overall record of 27-9 (most wins on the team) at 174 pounds in 2022
+ Five technical falls ranked him 15th in NCAA Division 1 wrestling
+ U-20 Nationals All-American

Women's Team of The Year: Women's Tennis
+ Best record since 2018-19, finishing 13-7 overall
+ Seven of the nine positions had winning records this season

Men's Team of The Year: Men's Swimming and Diving
+ Second at the 2022 Atlantic 10 Swimming & Diving Championships for the second straight year
+ Eight medals over the four-day championship meet"
Way to go Josh! He has certainly earned it. He represents Mason well and has worked enormously hard. Keep up the good work.
 

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