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Olivia Nelson-Ododa

USA Basketball Notes

  • Gold Medal: 2018 FIBA Americas U18 Championship. 
  • Bronze medal: 2016 FIBA U17 World Championship.
  • 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

  • Signed a National Letter of Intent with the University of Connecticut for 2018-19.
  • Moved into college after being named to the 2018 USA U18 National Team.

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

  • Has played four varsity seasons at Winder Barrow High School in Winder, Georgia, where she has started in 92 career games and has 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, played in 18 games and 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 all 32 games played 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 all 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.
  • Is a member of the National Honor Society and an honor graduate.
  • Daughter of Heather Nelson and Sebastian Ododa.
  • Has two brothers, Alonzo Nelson-Ododa (25) and Isaiah Nelson-Ododa (14).
  • 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, where she 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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