basketball adds USC transfer
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Sead Odzic (SEE-add ODD-zik), a sophomore from Southern
California, will transfer to Illinois State to continue his
education and basketball career. Odzic, a 6-foot-3, 192-pound guard,
is a native of Skokie and played prep basketball at Niles West.
Per NCAA transfer rules, Odzic will have to serve a year of
residency and will not be eligible to compete in a game for the
Redbirds until the completion of the fall 2007 semester.
coach Porter Moser is pleased with his recent addition to the ISU
"Sead is a winner," Moser said simply. "He's a tough kid that can
really shoot it, and he's got phenomenal character. He has started
games in the PAC-10, so he has experience. Being able to have him
for three conference races is really exciting, and he will be able
to get acclimated with our team and system this year."
Ozdic has not played in a game this season for the Trojans, after
appearing in all 30 games last season as a freshman, including five
starting assignments. He averaged 3.2 points and 1.2 rebounds per
game during the 2005-06 campaign. He scored a career-best nine
points against Arizona State on Feb. 4, 2006. Odzic committed only
11 turnovers in 462 minutes played, while shooting 31 percent on
3-point tries (22-for-71). At the USC basketball awards dinner,
Odzic received the Tom Kimmel Award, which honors the Trojans' sixth
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Prior to USC, Ozdic averaged 20 points, five rebounds and four
assists during his senior season at Niles West. He finished his prep
career with a shooting percentage of better than 40 percent from
3-point range, while being named a three-time All-Central-Suburban
South League first-team selection and an Illinois All-State
selection. He also garnered all-tournament honors at the Pontiac
Holiday tournament in December 2004.
He teamed with Bobby Frasor (North Carolina) and Bryan Mullins
(Southern Illinois) on the Illinois Wolves to form one of the top
guard trios in the country on the AAU circuit. The Wolves posted a
29-1 record during the summer of 2004.
Odzic was born in Montenegro, Yugoslavia, and moved with his
family to Illinois when he was 4 years old due to escalating
violence in Yugoslavia. He is bilingual, speaking both English and
[News release provided by Todd Kober,
assistant athletics director, media relations,