Written by Noah Goldberg
Keith Oddo walked on to the University of Richmond basketball team four years ago. He’d grown up dreaming of playing for the Spiders, sneaking into the Robins Center as a teenager, picturing himself in the red and blue.
After fielding various offers coming out of high school, Oddo’s dream finally came true. He decided to join the Spiders as a walk on with hopes of growing his role on the court over the next four years.
While Oddo’s playing time never found extravagant minutes, his meaning and loyalty to the Spider program cannot be underestimated. He represented the university, the fans, his coaches, his teammates, and the program about as well as anyone could’ve asked.
With that being said, Oddo decided that with his four years at Richmond nearly complete, he’d like to join a squad where he’ll be able to find minutes more consistently on a nightly basis.
Granted an extra year of eligibility by the NCAA from injuries sustained during his freshman season, Oddo told me,
“My experience at Richmond has been fantastic. It was life changing for me to play four years under coach Mooney and get a better feel for the game. I’ve learned so much from him and the rest of the staff and I could not be more appreciative for everything that they have done for me. With that being said, my goal has always been to play consistent minutes, which I failed to gain during my career at UR. I want to go to a place where I can really play, which is why I want to grad transfer and play somewhere where I can contribute on the court for my final year of eligibility.”
The senior is a quick combo guard with great court vision, ability to drive in the lane, and can effectively knock down perimeter shots. Officially granted an extra year, he’ll now scope out the graduate transfer field, allowing him to play next season with no waiting period.
Oddo will graduate from the University of Richmond this spring with with a double major in communications and history with the intentions of further studying communications and sports management in a graduate program.