O.D. Anosike to Play for USA Elite National u22 Team
March 26, 2013
O.D. Anosike is one of 15 players selected to represent the United States of America in the World Championships March 30-April 1 as a member of the u22 Elite National Team. Anosike was also named to the five-man NABC District 1 First Team today.
Anosike will play alongside and against the top players in the world in his age group. NBA All-Stars Carmelo Anthony and Kevin Durant played on the u22 Elite National Team, as did: Spencer Hayes, Thaddeus Young, Rudy Gay, Tywon Lawson, Jordan Hamilton, Lamarcus Aldridge, Brook and Robin Lopez, Josh Boone and 17 other current NBA players. Many more USA Elite alumni are playing professionally in FIBA.
"During three days in fact, Tourcoing will once again be the world capital of basketball in attracting rising stars of the discipline from all over Europe, Russia, the United States and elsewhere," Tourcoing mayor Michel François Delannoy said on the official Tournament webpage.
The United States team has earned five world titles under current coach Linzy Davis.
Anosike's achieved national acclaim for his success on and off the court at Siena.
Most notable, he is on pace to become just the second back-to-back national rebounding champ since 1973 (Paul Millsap, Louisiana Tech 2003-06). ESPN analyst Jay Bilas has identified Anosike as the country's top rebounder.
It's the second straight year Anosike has been named to the NABC District 1 First Team. The team consists of student athletes from the MAAC and America East Conference.
As a junior, Anosike became the first MAAC player to lead the nation in rebounding. In addition to earning First Team NABC All-District honors, he was named First Team All-MAAC, a Lou Henson All-American, a NABC honors court selection, and was one of just four student athletes featured in the NCAA final four program.
Anosike was named Second Team All-MAAC this year after averaging a team-best 13.3 points and Division I-best 11.4 rebounds per game. He shot 50% from the field and averaged 37.1 minutes per game, 10th most nationally.
Anosike was one of 30 candidates for the prestigious Senior Class award this year.
During his record-setting junior year, Anosike posted a school record 23 double doubles, including 17 straight - the second longest streak in division one over the last 15 years.
As a freshman, Anosike averaged 12.1 minutes and shot 51% from the field for a Siena team that won the MAAC championship and pressed Purdue in the NCAA's.
Anosike was an iron man for the Saints, appearing in all 128 games in his career.
Most impressive, Anosike has excelled in the classroom and served as the face of Siena basketball in the community. He carries a 3.36 GPA in economics after posting a 3.7 GPA the last three semesters.