By Tom Benoit
March 26, 2013 10:43 AM

OD Dunk

Following a remarkable career as a Siena Saint, O.D. Anosike has been chosen as one of 15 players to represent the USA as a member of the u-22 Elite National Team in the World Championships from March 30-April 1 in Paris France.

Here is a copy of the release courtesy of Siena Athletics:

O.D. Anosike is one of 15 players selected to represent the United States of America in the World Championships March 30-April 1 as a member of the u22 Elite National Team. He will depart for Paris Wednesday.

Anosike will play alongside and against the top players in the world in his age group. NBA All-Stars Carmelo Anthony and Kevin Durant played on the u22 Elite National Team, as did: Spencer Hayes, Thaddeus Young, Rudy Gay, Tywon Lawson, Jordan Hamilton, Lamarcus Aldridge, Brook and Robin Lopez, Josh Boone and 17 other current NBA players. Many more USA Elite alumni are playing professionally in FIBA.

“During three days in fact, Tourcoing will once again be the world capital of basketball in attracting rising stars of the discipline from all over Europe, Russia, the United States and elsewhere,” Tourcoing mayor Michel François Delannoy said on the official Tournament webpage.

The United States team has earned five world titles under current coach Linzy Davis. Anosike said he will be joined on the team by Lamont “Momo” Jones who helped MAAC member Iona to back-to-back NCAA trips the last two years.

Anosike’s achieved national acclaim for his success on and off the court at Siena.

Most notable, he is on pace to become just the second back-to-back national rebounding champ since 1973 (Paul Millsap, Louisiana Tech 2003-06). ESPN analyst Jay Bilas has identified Anosike as the country’s top rebounder.

As a junior, Anosike became the first MAAC player to lead the nation in rebounding. For his efforts he was named First Team All-MAAC, First Team NABC All-District, a Lou Henson All-American, a NABC honors court selection, and was one of just four student athletes featured in the NCAA final four program.

Anosike was named Second Team All-MAAC this year after averaging a team-best 13.3 points and Division I-best 11.4 rebounds per game. He shot 50% from the field and averaged 37.1 minutes per game, 10th most nationally.

Anosike was one of 30 candidates for the prestigious Senior Class award this year.
During his record-setting junior year, Anosike posted a school record 23 double doubles, including 17 straight – the second longest streak in division one over the last 15 years.

As a freshman, Anosike averaged 12.1 minutes and shot 51% from the field for a Siena team that won the MAAC championship and pressed Purdue in the NCAA’s.

Anosike was an iron man for the Saints, appearing in all 128 games in his career.

Most impressive, Anosike has excelled in the classroom and served as the face of Siena basketball in the community. He carries a 3.36 GPA in economics after posting a 3.7 GPA the last three semesters.

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