We open this year’s player report card series, which I swear will be completed this year, and as usual we’re going in order from fewest to most minutes played. (For the record, I’m leaving out three walk-ons, none of whom played more than 21 minutes.)
I had thought entering the season that Akeem Odusipe, a 6’9” freshman from Knoxville Catholic who appeared to be pretty raw, would take a redshirt year and that’s pretty much what this was — only the temporary pandemic-influenced NCAA rule that gave everybody a free year of eligibility meant that Odusipe could see some playing time and still keep the year of eligibility. Normally I would be screaming about a guy burning a year of eligibility to play 46 minutes all season, but it doesn’t matter this year.
That said, Odusipe didn’t really do anything in his limited playing time to suggest that he shouldn’t have taken a redshirt year. In 46 minutes of action, he committed ten fouls and five turnovers (the latter of which seems exceptionally bad in light of the fact that he rarely had the ball in his hands), scored six points and grabbed 13 rebounds. He played 11 minutes against Mississippi Valley State early in the season, and he played a total of 22 minutes in the seven games after Dylan Disu was lost for the season — and 13 minutes in between.
On the other hand, well, I don’t know what we expected here. The guy was supposed to be raw to the point that he looked like he would redshirt, COVID gave him a free year anyway, and so he played some garbage time and then became an emergency big man late in the season when Vanderbilt was short a big man. I’m not about to write the guy off based on a grand total of 46 minutes, but “raw big man who needed a redshirt year” described both Festus Ezeli and Djery Baptiste, who took two completely different career paths.
Grade: I’m just gonna call this one a No Credit, because I’m not gonna grade you on a season when under normal circumstances you weren’t going to see the floor.