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Spiliotis & Odom Pursue Basketball Dreams in Greece

August 16, 2014
Spiliotis vs. Hampton Bays (2008) and Odom vs. Smithtown Christian (2006)

Spiliotis vs. Hampton Bays (2008) & Odom vs. Smithtown Christian (2006)

In just a few weeks the good people of Greece will be saying, “Kalós orísate!” (Welcome!) to two Brookers, Danielle Spiliotis ’09 and Rod Odom ’09, who in recent days have signed contracts to play professional basketball in the Mediterranean country. Before they venture off, it may be helpful for them to learn a few basic phrases like, “Good morning” (Kaliméra), “I don’t understand” (Then katalavéno), “Please speak more slowly” (Parakaló míla pyo argá), and “You can’t guard me!” (Den boreís na me fyláne!). Spiliotis signed with Terpsithea Glyfadas, located in Athens, while Odom will play for K.A.O.D. Basketball Club, based in Drama, Greece.

While at Stony Brook, Spiliotis was the catalyst for six championships under coach Keith Singer (two League, two County, a Long Island, and a Regional), became just the third member of the 1,000 Point Club, and was selected All-State twice. After leaving the Brook, Spiliotis went on to play for Cedarville University. Last year, her final season with the Yellow Jackets, she was 3rd on the team in field goal percentage (.521), 3rd in rebounds (125), and first in blocked shots (25). Spiliotis reflected on this new opportunity:

This opportunity is a gift and blessing from the Lord. My time at Cedarville taught me what it meant to truly worship God through the game of basketball and that is what I long to continue to do. I am thrilled to learn more about my culture, and understand more fully the roots of my family’s heritage. I am overjoyed that I have this opportunity to not only pursue but live out my dream of playing basketball overseas. God is good!

Odom played three years at Stony Brook, helping the Bears to the County semifinals in 2006, before transferring to the Middlesex School. Odom attended Vanderbilt University where in his final season he averaged 13.2 points per game, knocked down 85 three-pointers, and was the only Commodore to start all 31 games. As a result Odom was named to the All-SEC Second Team, in addition to making the SEC Academic Honor Roll. Most recently, Odom was playing with the NBA’s Golden State Warriors during Summer League play. Rod shared some thoughts with us on this new step in his basketball career:

I’m extremely excited to begin my professional career. I think it’s a tremendous opportunity to play in a very competitive league and I look forward to the challenge. I feel like I’m blessed two times over because not only do I get to play basketball competitively for a living, but I also get to travel to new places and experience new cultures while I do it.

We are so proud of both and wish them “Kalí tíhi!” (Good luck) as they embark on this next chapter in their lives.

Check out this article about Odom on the K.A.O.D. team website.

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