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OXFORD, Ohio —Vasile Odagiu, a 6-foot-10, 220-pound forward/center, has committed to attend Miami University and join the men’s basketball program in the fall, head coach John Cooper announced on Monday. A native of Moldova near Romania and Ukraine , Odagiu spent the last year at GB Academy in the Czech Repbulic and will be an incoming freshman to the RedHawk program.
“We’re really excited about Vasile joining the program and believe he can really help us,” said Cooper. “Having the opportunity to add size was something we really were looking to do, and Vasile brings that, as well as a strong skill set in the post. He’s mobile and brings length to the position and also is a strong passer who has the ability to shoot.
“Vasile comes from a good program in the Czech Republic ,” added Cooper. “His coach (Julian Betko) played in the United States at Clemson and Butler , so Vasile has a good feel for the American game. Having him in the program for four years will allow him develop and grow as a player in our system.”
While at GB Academy last year, Odagui averaged 11 ppg and 9 rpg. He joins an incoming class for the RedHawks that includes 6-foot-5, 195-pound sophomore guard Abdoulaye Harouna and 6-foot-4, 195-pound guard/forward Jake Wright. Wright will sit out the 2015-16 season due to NCAA transfer guidelines.
Ball State adds DB to gridiron group
Terin Solomon, a graduate of Murrieta Valley High School in California , is enrolled at Ball State and will compete on the football team after one season at Riverside City College , according to Cardinals’ head football coach Pete Lembo. The 6-foot, 185-pound defensive back will have three years of eligibility at Ball State.
Solomon helped Riverside to a 10-2 overall record last season and a 6-0 mark in the conference. The Tigers were the No. 1 seed in the California Community College Athletic Association Southern California Regional Championships and advanced to the final game before being eliminated. Under the direction of coach Tom Craft, Solomon was an all-conference and All-California First Team selection in 2014.
Solomon managed 52 total tackles in 11 games played in 2014 plus added two sacks and four tackles for loss for the Tigers.
At Murrieta Valley, Solomon earned three letters for coach Greg Ireland and helped the Nighthawks to a 23-11 record in his career, including a 10-2 mark in his senior season in 2012. He was an All-Valley First Team selection as a junior and senior and helped the Nighthawks to a 5-1 mark in the Southwestern League as a senior. Solomon tallied 178 tackles with eight blocked kicks, six forced fumbles and four interceptions as a senior.
Solomon helped his team to a ranking as high as 25th in the state in 2012 and was ranked as the 29th best safety in the country in his senior season.