O. D. Anosike
|League||Lega Basket Serie A|
|Born||January 3, 1991|
|Listed height||6 ft 8 in (2.03 m)|
|Listed weight||241 lb (109 kg)|
|High school||St. Peter's Boys
(Staten Island, New York)
|NBA draft||2013 / Undrafted|
|Pro playing career||2013–present|
|2013–present||Scavolini Pesaro (Italy)|
|Career highlights and awards|
Oderah "O. D." Anosike (born January 3, 1991) is an American basketball player who most recently played the power forward position for the Siena College Saints from 2009–10 to 2012–13. In 2011–12 NCAA Division I season, Anosike led Division I in rebounding with a 12.5 per game average. He then repeated as the country's top rebounder in 2012–13 with an 11.4 per game average. As of 2013–14 he plays for Scavolini Pesaro in Italy's Lega Basket Serie A.
Anosike began his college basketball career in 2009–10. Anosike's contributions his inaugural year were modest; he averaged 2.7 points and 3.4 rebounds in 12.1 minutes per game. He was, however, only one of four Siena players to appear in all 34 of the team's games.
During Anosike's sophomore season he averaged 8.9 points and 6.8 rebounds per game. Then-teammate Ryan Rossiter was a prolific rebounder as well, and Anosike believes he could have grabbed more rebounds that season had it not been for Rossiter. The following year, his junior season, he nearly doubled his rebounding average, with Rossiter graduating the previous spring. Anosike averaged 15.0 points and a nation-leading 12.5 rebounds per game en route to a First Team All-Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference (MAAC) selection. He was also named to the Lou Henson (Mid-Major) All-American Team. During one stretch in 2011–12, Anosike recorded 17 straight double-doubles, which is a Siena record and the second-longest streak in the previous 15 years of Division I basketball.
Anosike repeated as the nation's top rebounder in 2012–13 after grabbing 11.4 per game. He was named a Senior CLASS Award candidate as student-athlete of the year, and in January, ESPN analyst Jay Bilas declared him to be the best rebounder in men's college basketball.
O. D. Anosike is the son of Ben and Ngozi Anosike, both Nigerian immigrants. He has seven siblings: Nicky, Nneoma, Rotanna, Ikenna, Ifesinachi, Anulika and Ejimofor. One of his sisters, Nicky Anosike, played basketball for the Tennessee Lady Volunteers, won two national championships, and as a senior was named the NCAA Woman of the Year. She currently plays in the WNBA.
Although his given name is Oderah, his nickname "O. D." was given to him when he was a young child. Explaining where it came from, he said, "In kindergarten the kids had trouble pronouncing Oderah, so my mom said, 'Just call him O. D., the first two letters of his name,' and it kind of stuck with me ever since." In Nigerian his name translates to "whatever God has written can never be taken away."
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- Stats @ ESPN.com