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Olivia Nelson-Ododa

As of June 25, 2019

USA Basketball Notes

  • Gold Medal: 2018 FIBA Americas U18 Championship. 
  • Bronze medal: 2016 FIBA U17 World Championship.
  • Named to the 2019 USA Women's 3x3 Pan American Games Team on June 28, 2019.
  • Took part in the 2019 Red Bull USA Basketball 3x3 Nationals as a member of the Connecticut team; finished 3-2 and in seventh place.
  • As a member of the 2018 USA U18 National Team, started in four of six games and averaged 9.2 ppg. and 4.5 rpg. to help the USA to a 6-0 record and a gold medal from Aug. 1-7 in Mexico City.
  • Named to the 2016 USA Women's U17 World Championship Team on June 2, 2016; started in all seven games and averaged a team-leading 12.0 ppg. to go along with 9.4 rpg. and 1.7 bpg. to help the USA to a 6-1 record and bronze medal at the 2016 FIBA U17 World Championship from June 22-July 2 in Zaragoza, Spain.

College Notes

  • As a freshman at University of Connecticut in 2018-19, averaged 4.4 ppg. and 3.8 rpg. and was second on the team with 54 blocks.

High School Honors

  • 2018 USA Today All-USA second team.
  • 2018 Naismith All-America second team.
  • 2018 McDonald’s All-American.
  • 2018 Jordan Brand Classic All-Star.
  • 2018 USA Today All-Georgia Player of the Year and first team.
  • 2018 Miss Georgia Basketball.
  • 2016 Athens Banner Player of the Year.

High School Notes

  • Played four varsity seasons at Winder Barrow High School in Winder, Georgia, where she has started in 92 career games and  amassed 1,683 points, 1,121 rebounds and 381 blocked shots.
  • As a senior in 2017-18, averaged 19.5 ppg., 15.9 rpg. and 5.2 bpg. to help her team to a 24-5 record and the state tournament elite eight.
  • As a junior in 2016-17, averaged 20.6 ppg., 21.1 rpg. and 4.7 bpg. to help her team to the state tournament elite eight.
  • As a sophomore in 2015-16, started in 32 games and averaged 17.7 ppg., 10.9 rpg., 1.0 apg., 1.3 spg. and 3.5 bpg. to help her team to a 26-7 record and the state championship game.
  • As a freshman in 2014-15, started in 26 games and averaged 13.0 ppg., 9.0 rpg., 1.0 apg., 1.1 spg. and 3.0 bpg. to help her team to a 15-11 record.
  • Played in the summer for Georgia Metros.
  • Also played varsity volleyball from 2013 to 2017; named 2014 and 2015 all-region second team and 2015-16 Region 5A Player of the Year.

 

Personal Notes

  • Twitter: @OliviaKNelson
  • Instagram: @olivianelson_17
  • Born in Lansing, Michigan, now resides in Winder, Georgia.
  • Is right handed.
  • Wears a size 12 in women’s shoes.
  • Was a member of the National Honor Society and an honor graduate.
  • Daughter of Heather Nelson and Sebastian Ododa.
  • Has two brothers, Alonzo and Isaiah.
  • Father Sebastian Ododa played basketball at Huntington University and for the Kenyan national team; brother, Alonzo Nelson-Ododa played basketball at the University of Richmond and one year at the University of Pittsburgh as a grad transfer; sister-in-law is Dearic Hamby of the WNBA Las Vegas Aces, who was a No. 1 pick after a stellar career at Wake Forest.

The Scoop

  • First played basketball when she was 7. 
  • Favorite player: Maya Moore, because she admires her playing style and strong work ethic.
  • Is inspired by: Other uplifting and successful women’s basketball players.

USA Basketball Statistics

TEAM G/S AVG MIN FGM-FGA PCT 3PM-3PA PCT FTM-FTA PCT REB/AVG PTS/AVG AST TO BLK STL
2018 U18 6/4 99/16.5 22-44 .500 0-1 .000 11-19 .579 27/4.5 55/9.2 7 9 6 4
2016 U17 7/7 169/24.1 33-58 .569 0-2 .000 18-35 .514 66/9.4 84/12.0 7 23 12 5
Totals 13/11 268/20.6 55-102 .539 0-3 .000 29-54 .537 93/7.2 139/10.7 14 32 18 9

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