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Darius Johnson-Odom

  • Number: 1
  • Nickname: “DJO”, “I Can Only Go Left” (coined by Lazar Hayward)
  • Position: SG
  • Height: 6'2“
  • Weight: 200 lbs
  • Birthday: September 28, 1989
  • Hometown: Raleigh, N.C.
  • High School: Wakefield High School

Wakefield High School

Three-year letterwinner at Wakefield High School in Raleigh, N.C. … member of state championship squad in 2006 … netted 16 points in the title game and was tabbed the matchup's most valuable player … Wolverines finished 27-4 that season … named News & Observer Player of the Year … voted conference's most valuable player as a senior … averaged 25.1 points per game that season … team finished 19-11 and advanced to the state tournament regionals … scored school-record 49 points in a win over Wake Forest-Roseville High School … named second team all-state by NC Preps.com … spent 2007-08 campaign at The Patterson School in Lenoir, N.C. … averaged 14.7 points, 5.6 assists and 4.5 rebounds per game, helping the team to an overall record of 36-2.

Hutchinson Community College

dariusjohnson-odom-3.jpg As a freshman, Johnson-Odom averaged 21.6 points, which led Region 6, 5.2 rebounds and 4.6 assists per game. He shot 48 percent from the field and 77 percent from the line. He set the school record for free throws made by a freshman with 191.

He was named to the first-team All-American on the NJCAA men's basketball team and is the sixth first-team All-American in program history. The others are Brandon Gary (2004), Roy Hairston (1994), Tyrone Jones (1987) and Rudy Jackson (1973). Another Marquette recruit, Dwight Buycks was also named to the same first-team All-American NJCAA men's basketball team.

Johnson-Odom was also named the Jayhawk West freshman of the year.

He also was extremely consistent as he scored 20 or more points 22 times and set a single-game school record with 46 against Coffeyville on Dec. 5.

Marquette University

2009-2010

odum_d.jpgClaimed team's Defensive Player of the Year Award … Finished among the league leaders in 3-point field goal percentage (2nd, .474) and 3-point field goals made per game (7th, 2.15) … Scored 10 points in his Marquette debut vs. Centenary (11/3); shot 3-of-6 from the floor against the Gents, including a pair of 3-pointers … Shot 3-of-4 from beyond the arc and 4-of-4 from the foul line, scoring 13 points in 16 minutes of action vs. Grambling State (11/21) … Earned his first career start vs. South Dakota (11/24) and notched 18 points and a career-high five assists … Had a career-high three steals, knocked down three first-half 3-pointers and finished with 17 points vs. Florida State (11/29) … Connected on three 3-pointers in the first half vs. N.C. State (12/5) and finished with 11 points and five rebounds … Scored 15 points on 6-of-9 shooting, including three 3-pointers, to go along with four rebounds, three assists and a pair of steals vs. Milwaukee (12/8) … Tallied three 3-pointers in the first half vs. Wisconsin (12/12) and finished with 13 points … Added 15 points on 6-of-9 shooting from the floor, including a perfect 3-of-3 from beyond the arc, and handed out four assists in win over Presbyterian (12/27) … Went 3-of-4 from 3-point range, collected his first career block and had 14 of the team's 19 points off the bench vs. West Virginia (12/29) … Had a team-high four assists and matched a career-high with three steals in win over Georgetown (1/6) … Knocked down three 3-pointers and scored 13 of his 16 points in the second half vs. Villanova (1/9) … Scored 20 of his career-high 22 points in the first half and finished with a career best four 3-pointers vs. Providence (1/17) … Dished out a game-high five assists, matching an individual career-high, vs. DePaul (1/20) …Led MU in scoring with 17 points at Syracuse (1/23) … Matched Jimmy Butler with a team-high 16 points vs. Rutgers (1/26) … Scored 15 points in come-from-behind win vs. Connecticut (1/30), including three straight free throws to tie the game with 41 seconds left … Shot 7-of-11 from the field, including three 3-pointers, and finished with a game-high 21 points vs. DePaul (2/3) … Collected a single-game season-high with two blocks vs. Providence (2/6) … Finished with a career-best six rebounds and scored 13 points vs. Pittsburgh (2/18) …­­ Matched Jimmy Butler with a team-high 20 points vs. Cincinnati (2/21) … Played a career-high 41 minutes at Seton Hall (2/28) and shot 7-of-12 from the field while netting 13 of his 16 points in the second half … Poured in 22 points and grabbed a career-high seven boards to lead MU over Louisville (3/2); shot 8-of-12 from the field against the Cardinals, including 4-of-6 from distance … Registered 12 points, five rebounds, four assists and a pair of steals vs. Notre Dame (3/6) … Led MU on 5-of-7 shooting from distance and tallied a career-high 24 points with five assists vs. Villanova (3/11) … Was 6-of-8 from the field and 6-of-8 from the charity stripe in tallying 19 points vs. Washington (3/18) while matching a career-high with five assists … Concluded the year averaging 13.0 points, 2.6 rebounds and 2.4 assists per game … Earned first letter.

2010-2011

Named Second Team All-BIG EAST and NABC All-District 5 Second Team … Scored 13 points in the season-opening win over Prairie View A&M (Nov. 12) … Added eight points and two rebounds in win against Bucknell (Nov. 14) … Made his first start of the season vs. Green Bay (Nov. 17), finishing with 11 points and five rebounds … Scored 14 points and was 8-of-8 at the free throw line vs. South Dakota (Nov. 20) … Grabbed six rebounds and chipped in 13 points vs. Duke (Nov. 22) … Tallied 13 points vs. Gonzaga (Nov. 23) and sank two of MU's six 3-pointers … Poured in a career-high 29 points vs. Milwaukee (Nov. 27) … Scored 22 points and was 5-of-5 from the perimeter in the first half against the Panthers, finishing 10-of-14 from the field … Finished with 14 points, five rebounds and three assists vs. Longwood (Dec. 4) … Tallied 12 points vs. Texas A&M-CC (Dec. 7) … Matched Vander Blue with a team-high 16 points vs. Centenary (Dec. 18), including 14 points in the second half, and finished 7-of-13 from the field … Dished out a career-high six assists and tied a career-high with five 3-pointers while scoring 19 points on 7-of-12 shooting vs. Mississippi Valley State (Dec. 21) … Had a team-high five assists and chipped in 14 points vs. Vanderbilt (Dec. 29) … Scored 21 points and added a pair of steals in win over West Virginia (Jan. 1) … Matched career highs in points (29) and 3-point field goals (5) vs. Rutgers (Jan. 5), shooting 9-of-14 from the field and 5-of-8 from behind the 3-point line … Scored a game-high 20 points vs. Pittsburgh (Jan. 8) and led the team with five assists … Named to BIG EAST Honor Roll (Jan. 10) … Scored 10 of his 13 points in the second half and handed out a game-high five assists in win over Notre Dame (Jan. 10) … Was 8-of-10 from the charity stripe, finishing with 16 points and his seven rebounds matched a career-high vs. Louisville (Jan. 15) … Matched Jimmy Butler with a team-high 20 points vs. DePaul (Jan. 18), including a game-high four 3-pointers … Led team in scoring for the third straight game with 25 points vs. Notre Dame (Jan. 22), including a career-high 11 free throws on a career-high 13 attempts from the foul line … Shot 7-for-12, including a team-high three 3-pointers, and finished with 18 points vs. Connecticut (Jan. 25) … Connected on all seven of his foul shots and finished with 17 points vs. Syracuse (Jan. 29) … Scored 15 points and added a pair of steals vs. Villanova (Feb. 2) … Led MU with 20 points vs. Georgetown (Feb. 13) … Added 16 points vs. St. John's (Feb. 15) … One of five players to score in double figures with 13 points vs. Seton Hall (Feb. 19) … Scored nine of his team-high 17 points in overtime at Connecticut (Feb. 24) and had a career-high four steals … Shot 7-of-10 from the field, including three 3-pointers, and led MU in scoring with 17 points vs. Providence (Feb. 27) … Named to the BIG EAST Weekly Honor Roll (Feb. 28) … Scored 15 points and pulled down five rebounds vs. Cincinnati (Mar. 2) … Attempted a career-high nine 3-pointers at Seton Hall (Mar. 5) and finished with 13 points … Recorded a game-high 23 points vs. Providence (Mar. 8) in opening round of BIG EAST Championship … Chipped in 11 points in second-round win over West Virginia (Mar. 9) … Dropped 13 points in BIG EAST quarterfinal loss to Louisville (Mar. 10) … Averaged 15.7 ppg in three conference tournament games … Went 4-of-6 from beyond the arc vs. Xavier (Mar. 18) and led all scorers with 19 points, including 13 in the second half; also became 43rd player in history of MU basketball to eclipse the 1,000-point mark with a layup with 2:42 remaining in the second half … Knocked down a 3-pointer with 26 seconds remaining on the game clock to help seal a 66-62 upset over Syracuse (Mar. 20) in the NCAA Third Round en route to a team-high 17 points; also dished out a team-best four assists and had three steals in the win over the Orange.

Statistics

Season GP-GS Min Avg FG-A FG% 3FG-A 3P% FT-A FT% OR DR Reb Ast Stl Blk TO PF Pts AvgHigh
2009-10 34- 22 1009 29.7 152-334 .455 73-154 .474 65- 96 .677 16 74 90 81 30 6 68 77 442 13.0 24

All-Time Sophomore Season Rankings

  • 2nd, Three Point Field Goals Made (73)
  • 7th, Three Point Field Goals Attempted (154)
  • 2nd, Three Point Field Goal Percentage (47.4%)

2012 NBA Draft

Prior to the NBA Draft, DJO participated in the individual workouts for the Milwaukee Bucks, New York Knicks, Philadelphia 76ers, Detroit Pistons, Portland Trailblazers, Sacramento Kings, Charlotte Bobcats, Utah Jazz, Indiana Pacers, and the Los Angeles Clippers. He also participated in the following NBA pre-draft combines: Minnesota, New Jersey, and Chicago.

DJO was selected as the 55th overall pick in the 2012 NBA Draft by the Dallas Mavericks. Soon after, the Mavericks conveyed his draft rights to the Los Angeles Lakers in exchange for cash considerations.

Personal

Born September 28, 1989 in Raleigh, North Carolina … son of Carolyn Johnson-Odom and Lonnie Odom … majoring in Communication Studies.


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