Posted On: 08/10/18 12:49 PM
In Minnesota we’ve spent many night wondering when that first high major offer would come for David Roddy it did from Northwestern about two weeks ago. It was followed by Nebraska and last night Minnesota. This is not a surprise considering Roddy averaged 15.1 points and 7.4 rebounds a game in EYBL competition shooting nearly 50 percent from the floor.
Remember, David Roddy took a visit to Northwestern and he really impressed the school with his maturity during that meeting. Colorado State, Northern Iowa, Richmond, Davidson, and Nebraska joined the Wildcats in watching Roddy in Vegas playing with Howard Pulley. David impressed them with his 23 point, nine rebound, three assist game on Saturday in the Vegas Classic Sweet 16.
Roddy was there throwing down the craziest tomahawk dunk with power that I have seen in a long time. In fact, you have to think about what David could be agility wise after working in a college weight room program taking his physical ability to an ever higher level.
Think, Jordan Murphy? It’s possible that might be stretching it as Jordan will be the all time leading rebounder in Gopher history and has an outside shot to be their all time scorer, but that’s the type of game that Roddy could bring. David shoots it better than Jordan did in high school, we can say that and he is going to rebound like Jordan does at the next level.
So a Gopher offer? Not a huge surprise as they look for the future Murphy replacement. That offer came last night and it’s something Roddy appreciated.
“It was a good feeling to get an offer from Minnesota,” Roddy said. “But long awaited. But a good feeling.”
Last summer the Howard Pulley starting line-up was five star Tre Jones, David Roddy, and three guys who are now playing in maroon and gold: Daniel Oturu, Jarvis Omersa, and Gabe Kalscheur.
“(Minnesota is) on a good path landing the three from Pulley,” Roddy explained. “Then adding a few more transfers. And it would be pretty exciting just knowing everyone I grew up with and everyone who helped me become the person who I am today would be at the game. No matter if its for all the home games or if I’m on the other team playing against them. Either way the atmosphere would be great.”
The top competitors at the moment seem to be Colorado State and Northwestern. Roddy told us over the weekend that he plans to visit Colorado State officially on September 8th and he’s also got something in the works for Evanston, Illinois.
“I’m looking at a Northwestern official visit, shooting for late September,” Roddy said.
“(Northwestern has) great facilities and they have a solid, hardworking program that is continually striving to be their best. They have put lots of time and effort into making their program successful. The facilities there are just like the buildings of the U. Both on the way up.”
Will a visit be in the works for the hometown Gophers?
“I’ve been there a few times with Jarvis and Daniel already just putting up shots. Ive basically seen everything, but they’ll (the Gophers) be on the visit list still.”
Who else could get visits? That hasn’t been decided but the Roddy offer list is really long. It includes all the schools we’ve previously mentioned plus Cal Poly, Saint Louis, Davidson, Northern Iowa, and several others.
Visits aren’t as easy to schedule for David though because he is one of the elite football players in Minnesota, and football will be starting soon. In fact, Roddy is every bit the Big Ten level football specimen that he is a basketball player. Would playing both be a possibility?
“Yes, I would be willing to play both, but it’ll be tough,” David said.
For those that haven’t seen Roddy since he played high school basketball since last winter, you will be in for a surprise. David is one of the leanest 245 pound athletes you will see as he has put great work into the weight room.
“Breck High School (where Roddy goes to school) got a new weightlifting trainer and he’s been working on the inner thigh and glutes for explosiveness. He helped me lots. Lifting three times a week in June and also resting all helped. Its been months of work for one weekend and continued days of explosiveness.”