BREAKING: Pokes land coveted 6’8″ forward from Chicago
LARAMIE -- Jeremiah Oden describes himself as a mismatch.
Turns out, that's one of Jeff Linder's favorite words.
Oden announced Saturday evening on Twitter that he will be attending the University of Wyoming, becoming Linder's seventh commit since taking over the program on March 17.
"We’re really excited to welcome Jeremiah Oden to the University of Wyoming," Linder said in a release. "Jeremiah brings a great deal of versatility, talent and length to the Cowboy program. As a player, he is a modern forward who has the ability to dribble, pass and shoot with exceptional feel and basketball IQ. The ability to defend multiple positions, as well as effecting the game on the offensive side of the floor via exploiting mismatches and being a perimeter shooting threat, makes Jeremiah a valuable asset from day one.
"In addition to his basketball ability, Jeremiah brings the care-factor and character to the roster that we are looking for as we build the Cowboy program going forward. He comes from a fantastic family and has been coached in high school, prep school and AAU by people who 'get it' and who have the right values. We look forward to Jeremiah in the Brown and Gold the next four years."
Wyoming, who according to Rivals.com already had the top recruiting class in the Mountain West before Oden's signing, still has one scholarship available.
"I am a long and lanky wing that can shoot the three, but I like to go to the basket a lot," Oden told PrepHoops.com in 2019. "I think I am a mismatch."
Oden, a Chicago native, transferred to Sunrise Christian Academy, a prep school outside of Wichita, Kansas. The 6-foot, 8-inch, 3-star power forward received interest from 20-plus schools, including Big Ten teams Wisconsin and Minnesota, along with Mountain West rivals, New Mexico.
In Kansas, Oden averaged 10 points and five rebounds per game while leading Sunrise to a 21-3 record and a No. 8 ranking for post-graduate teams in the nation. He also shot 40 percent from beyond the arc.
Sound like a Linder commit?
Oden played high school basketball at St. Rita on the south side of Chicago. He was a small forward and a shooting guard for the Mustangs. There, he averaged 15 points per game to go along with 5.5 rebounds.
A Division I coach who was actively recruiting Oden had this to say Saturday about the prep star.
"He's pretty tough -- a slasher," he said. "He will fit with all of Jeff's shooters around him. Skill, work and space in their system with his athleticism will be a good mix."
Joe Henricksen of the Chicago Sun Times, wrote about Oden last July under the headline "Jeremiah Oden opening eyes."
"With fluid athleticism, running ability and ideal physical tools at 6-8, along with an improved jumper and more consistent production, Oden looks as if he’s set to reach that ceiling as a prospect," Henricksen wrote.
" ... Oden looks more than the part of a mid-major prospect right now," he continued. "With a year of prep school and further development, it would be surprising if Oden isn’t recruited at the mid-major plus or high-major levels in the coming year."
Oden will join Xavier DuSell, Drake Jeffries, Graham Ike, Marcus Williams, Drew LaMont and Eoin Nelson in the 2020 recruiting class.