DENTON, Texas (5/24/07) University of North Texas head basketball coach Johnny Jones has announced that Arizona State transfer George Odufuwa has signed to play with the Mean Green. Odufuwa will be forced to sit out the 2007-08 season due to NCAA transfer rules, but will have three years of eligibility remaining.
Ranked as the fourth-best power forward in the state by TexasHoops.com out of Dallas Kimball High School, Odufuwa (6-8, 240, So.) shot 50.0 percent from the floor in 13 appearances for the Sun Devils last season.
"George is a tremendous talent. With his size and ability he can dominate in the lane, and has the finesse to make plays on the perimeter, including knocking down the outside shot with consistency," Jones said. "We are extremely excited to have him a part of the Mean Green basketball family."
A member of the Rivals.com Top-20 prospects in the Lone Star State (No. 16), Odufuwa was a 4A First-Team All-State selection following a standout season for Kimball. He averaged 17.2 points and 7.9 rebounds per game despite an Achilles injury, including a 41-point, 17-rebound performance in an overtime win over Carter.
As a junior, Odufuwa averaged 19.7 ppg and 10.6 rpg and was named the Dallas Morning News’ All-Area Newcomer of the Year. He was named to the paper’s Second Team All-Area as a senior.
TexasHoops.com listed Odufuwa as the 19th-best senior in the state in 2006, only one spot behind fellow Mean Green signee Tristan Thompson.
He joins a Mean Green squad coming off its most successful season in program history. North Texas racked up a school-record 23 wins and earned its first trip to the NCAA Tournament in 19 years after taking the Sun Belt Conference crown.
Odufuwa is the fifth addition to the Mean Green roster, joining Josh White (5-10, 167, PG, Baton Rouge Christian Life), Tristan Thompson (6-5, 185, G, Brewster Academy), Ryan McCoy (G, 6-0, 160, Midland JC) and Adam McCoy (G, 6-4, 190, Mesa CC) as the North Texas newcomers for 2007-08.
Odufuwa joins center Keith Wooden as Arizona State transfers on the Mean Green roster.