Odom: ‘Rodney Rogers was My Most Important Wake Forest Recruit’

Former Wake Forest basketball coach Dave Odom joined The David Glenn Show on Wednesday to talk about former Demon Deacon star Rodney Rogers’ upcoming induction into the North Carolina Sports Hall of Fame.  The induction banquet will be held on Friday at the Raleigh Convention Center.

Rogers played at Wake Forest from 1990-93 and earned ACC Player of the Year honors in 1993.  Following a successful NBA career during which he was named the 2000 Sixth Man of the Year, he was involved in a dirt bike accident that left him paralyzed from the shoulders down.

During the interview, Odom had many positive things to say about Rogers, but one comment in particular stuck out.

“He was the most important recruit in the history of Wake Forest while I was there,” Odom said.  “And that says a lot because we had Randolph Childress that came in with him.  We had Tim Duncan coming in behind him, but I say to you now, when we signed Randolph Childress, I said, ‘Randolph, why’d you sign with Wake Forest?’ and he said, ‘because you got Rodney.'”

Odom also shared many other stories from Rogers’ recruitment and playing career.  Click below to hear the full interview.