Posted tagged ‘Darius Johnson-Odom’

Marquette’s DJO is perfect fit for “defensive” New York Knicks

May 25, 2012

Via Zagsblog:

Darius Johnson-Odom says he knows what the Knicks need.

The former Marquette star worked out for the team on Thursday and said he was more concerned with bringing intensity on the defensive end than with showing his offensive skills to head coach Mike Woodson and company.

“I know what the Knicks need so I came with a defensive mindset,” DJO told SNY.tv. “With Iman [Shumpert] being out, with Baron [Davis] being out, with them being low on guards, I know if can just get in and play hard for six or seven minutes defensive-wise then that’s all I need to do.”

A natural two guard, DJO averaged 18.5 points and 3.5 rebounds last season for a Marquette team went 27-8 overall, 14-4 in the Big East and lost to Florida in the Sweet 16.

With Shumpert sidelined until December or January with a torn ACL, DJO is hoping the Knicks might use their No. 48 pick on him with the idea that he might be a similar kind of physical, defensive-stopper on the wing. DraftExpress.com calls him the No. 47 prospect in the Top 100 this year.

The Knicks enjoyed great success this season with another Marquette product when Steve Novak led the NBA in 3-point efficiency. Still another Marquette product, Dwyane Wade, went off for 41 points when the Miami Heat ousted the Indiana Pacers in Game 6 of their series Thursday night.

The Knicks have auditioned a slew of point guards this week, including Tu Holloway (Xavier), Scoop Jardine (Syracuse) and Scott Machado (Iona).

“[Shumpert] is a little bit taller than me,” said the 6-2 DJO. “I think we do have athletic ability, the effort he plays on defense. That’s all I can give you.

“I can give you a couple points here but whatever I have to do to help the team  that’s what I’m wiling to do. I feel like defense is something that the Knicks will need here with Iman being out.”

DJO has already worked out for the Philadelphia 76ers and at the Nets free-agent combine and still plans to attend the Minnesota Timberwolves combine, a workout with the Detroit Pistons and the Chicago Pre-Draft combine before other individual workouts.

DJO remains in constant touch with Marquette coach Buzz Williams for support.

“He always texts me, ‘Did you guard anybody today?’” DJO said. “And I always tell him, ‘Just a little bit,’ knowing I did a little bit better than ‘just a little bit.’ That’s one of the things coach Buzz is always pushing me to be, a defensive player with my athletic ability and my strength and my speed. I should be a top defensive player.”

Knowing DJO for three years I have to say this guy has been a sleeper his whole life. I remember when he got hurt when he got to campus and had to sit out Marquette madness and a few games. Then when he arrived, he brought the madness to campus. This guy is a complete player and if you need a defensive stop or a big shot, put the ball in #1 hands. He also is a perfect teammate. When I interviewed him, all he cared about was winning and only wanted to get better each game. That would be a coaches dream! As a Knicks fan, I would be praying for Darius to get drafted by this team. Not only could he play point but he can hit shots and get to the basket and take it to the rack with authority. The Knicks have been missing that over the past few years and if they want to hit it big with a draft pick, take the tough-minded and clutch Darius Johnson-Odom with that #48 pick…

Donnie Dwyer CBS Sports Broadcast March 6th 2012

March 9, 2012

CBS 58 Sports Intern Donnie Dwyer covers Badgers and Marquette through their tournament runs. The Packers and their decision to not franchise tag Matt Flynn and of course baseball season is right around the corner. Get it all at CBS 58 at 8pm for “Brewers 2012 Making Another Run”

#7 Marquette beats #12 Georgetown 83-69 on Senior Day

March 4, 2012

Donnie Dwyer reports from the Bradley Center on Marquette’s Senior Day as the fans say Goodbye to Jae Crowder and Darius Johnson Odom…

Sports Science: Darius Johnson Odom is one of the elite players in the country

December 6, 2011

This video is insane because I have been watching DJO for three years and you can see his development. The most shocking part about this is he has such blazing speed and quickness and he was hurt when he first got here in 2009. He was in a boot for quiet some time and sat out the first month of the season in 2009. That’s something many people around the country didn’t know about this amazing athlete. But his game just speaks so much volume when you watch him. To have that ability to score off the dribble makes him such an elite scorer and he warrants double coverage every single time. But with an unselfish Marquette team, DJO can put himself in the same category of Marquette greats and could even be drafted in the first round this summer. Getting compared to Dwayne Wade is something to take seriously and students around campus understand that…

What Fans think of Marquette Basketball this season

February 18, 2011

CBS 58 Sports intern, Donnie Dwyer, went down to the Bradley Center to find out what fans think of their Golden Eagles. The fans talked about their favorite players, Buzz Williams, and tournament chances. 

Video:Dunk of the Week

January 31, 2011

Dunk of the Week by none other than Darius Johnson Odom:

Before Duke tonight, Let’s look back at Marquette’s 4 previous games

November 22, 2010

Before everyone looks to the game in Kansas City and a game that will be on the National level, take a look at how the Golden Eagles have done so far this season in the past 4 games…

1. Three point defense has been awful all season long. They are allowing 8 made three pointers a game and allowing their opponents to shoot .41 % from downtown. That is a bad percentage because the three ball is what puts teams back into games like we saw against South Dakota and especially in Bucknell. This means their rotation is off and they need to make better adjustments as the season progresses.

2.This team is shooting 65% from the free throw lines. When the game is on the line and you have to hit two free throws, who do you want taking it? In this case, no one because they cannot hit it at the charity stripe. There is a reason they call it that too. It is FREE Throws. They need to start hitting it at the line if they want to win and advance far in any tournament this year.

3.They have a +14 in the rebounding margin so far this season. With a team this small, you love to see that on the stat sheet. You love to see this team look like they have grown in size when it is actually their heart. I like that about this team this year.

4.Averaging 12 pts a game is Senior, Dwight Byucks. I really like what this senior is doing on the floor. I love that when the team is down, he is quietly stepping up to the table and taking the challenges for the team. It is not only that he is taking the challenges, but he is actually pulling through and succeeding with it as well. He has started rallies, caused turnovers, played with injuries. This kid has stepped up big and the Golden Eagles might want to rely a little more on #23 this season.

5.Darius Johnson-Odom is shooting 2-12 from downtown this season. This doesn’t worry me, but it sends me a sign that what was once an easy look for him has caused him difficulty and may look somewhere else in his game to spark. He is a great talent and is a huge competitor but when the game counts the most, DJO has to hit those shots in order to get some W’s for the Golden Eagles.

6.Vander Blue has really had the green light so far this season for Marquette. He has played phenomenal defense and has been a spark plug going to the basket and doing the little things on the floor to win. With being the leader in steals (2.0 spg) and second in assists (3.8 apg), he has shown that defense can bode well with production on the offensive end (9 ppg). He has bought into the saying, “The harder you work, the better you get. ”

7.Finally, Jae Crowder has been a stud and I have known that since he has gotten here. The Junior College Player of the Year last year has put up big numbers and has been a huge provider for this team off the bench. He is averaging 11 pts and 8 reb. a game and has looked like last years #32 Lazar Hayward out there with his shot and low post moves. Crowder is just such a smart player who doesn’t turn it over, looks for his teammates in the open, and really looks out for the team and for a win. He is not here at Marquette for himself or his pride. For him, it is about we and not me.