LOUDONVILLE, NY – Incoming Siena Basketball freshman Prince Oduro contributed eight points and five rebounds in 12 minutes of action to help Canada win the FIBA U19 Basketball World Cup 2017 with a 79-60 triumph over Italy in the Gold Medal Game Sunday in Cairo, Egypt. The Toronto, Ontario standout averaged 6.6 points and 4.1 rebounds in 15.8 minutes over seven tournament contests to propel his home nation to the country’s first-ever gold medal in a basketball world championship at any level.
“It’s a great feeling to be part of the first team to win a basketball gold medal for Canada, and I’m extremely honored to be able to achieve such a milestone in my career,” said Oduro. “The tournament experience was tremendous, because I felt that I really was able to grow both as a player and a person as a result of being part of such a great team.”
The 6’8,” 230-pound forward was a beast on the offensive glass, where he recorded 18 of his 29 rebounds. Oduro posted tournament-highs of 14 points and six rebounds in 22 minutes vs. eventual fourth place finisher Spain in the group phase. Canada recorded a 6-1 overall record at the nine-day tournament held July 1-9 in Cairo, including a 99-87 upset of the United States in the semifinals to advance to the nation’s first-ever FIBA U19 World Cup Gold Medal Game.
“From the tournament I learned that paying attention to detail is key if you want to excel at the next level,” explained Oduro. “I think an area that I excelled in was outworking my opponents and dominating the offensive glass. I also feel that I learned that I need to continue to work on my versatility and game as a whole.”
Oduro averaged 13 points and 11 rebounds this past season for First Love Christian Academy in Washington, Pennsylvania, after having played in high school for Earl Haig Secondary in his native Canada. He led First Love to a 24-3 record and Slam National Post-Grad Championship appearance in March. A highly-coveted prospect who received extensive high-major interest, Oduro was ranked a two-start prospect by Verbal Commits, received a Scouts Grade of 69, and was ranked as the 81st best player at his position in his recruiting class. Rated the 10th best Canadian player in his class overall according to Hoops Hype Canada’s FAB 40 National Rankings, he also competed for Canada Elite on the Under Armour AAU circuit.
“I believe that this experience has really helped prepare me for the mental aspect of the college game, while also helping me increase my stamina for when the schedule picks up,” added Oduro, who played seven games in nine days during the tournament.
Oduro is set to join a talented incoming Siena Basketball freshman class which includes fellow Canadian and First Love Christian Academy teammate Christian Bentley, Maryland swingman Manny Camper, Minnesota guard Jordan Horn, and Illinois point guard Roman Penn. The Saints posted a 17-17 overall record and tied for third in the conference with a 12-8 league mark this past winter, advancing to the program’s first MAAC Championship Game in seven years.