Posted on February 15, 2010 at 2:45 PM
The North Texas Basketball team may not be highly ranked but they do have George Odufuwa, one of the best rebounders in the country.
"I thought I was always a good rebounder but this year," says Odufuwa. "I feel like I’m a little more aggressive. I'm relentless."
In his first game of the season against Cameron, Odufuwa finished with an amazing 24 rebounds.
"I don't care, any game if you get 24 rebounds, that's a beast right there," says North Texas forward Eric Tramiel.
But 24 rebounds a game is a hard pace to maintain. "Yeah, yeah, he's let us down after getting 24 in that first game," says North Texas head coach Johnny Jones. "I told him he had a lot to live up to."
After 23 games, Odufuwa has maintained an average of 10.4 rebounds per game and he's averaging 11.4 points per game. He's one of just 24 players in the country averaging a double this year, and as you might have guessed by his last name, Odufuwa is not exactly a house hold name.
"I've been to a lot of games and I’ve heard a lot of pronunciations on away games but we know what it is. It's a Odufuwa," says North Texas guard Josh White.
I've heard Adufawah, Adufus, I've heard a lot, but it's Odufuwa," says North Texas guard Tristan Thompson.
"The funniest one I’ve heard, Ahdufahdus," says Tramiel. "That was the funniest one and it was at a home game."
Odufuwa was born in Dallas and is a graduated of Kimball high school. He played one year at Arizona State before moving back to be closer to home. He's becoming a good player with an entertaining name.
"Every arena, it's a different pronunciation so I’m used to it," says Odufuwa. "You know when they call my name, I don't even look for my name to be said right. I hear George and I get up because I already know it's going to be something crazy."
Thank goodness he has a sense of humor.