Keith Oddo has a bright future in basketball. It just won’t be as a player.
Oddo is the rarest breed of walk-on, a grad transfer walk-on who came to Louisville after spending three seasons at Richmond where he scored a total of nine points. He chose to come to U of L in part because he believed the Cardinals had a shot to win a national title, but mostly so that he could learn what it takes to be a high major college basketball coach.
When Chris Mack talks, Oddo listens. He also takes notes. Oddo has collected notebooks worth of jotted tips and coaching techniques that he’s learned from Mack and the Louisville staff during his one season with the Cardinals. He hopes to use these lessons to begin a coaching career once the 2019-20 season comes to a close.
On Sunday night, the future coach was honored as a current player for the final time. He celebrated Senior Night along with Louisville stars Jordan Nwora, Dwayne Sutton, Ryan McMahon, Fresh Kimble and Steven Enoch. The other five honorees started the game and played major minutes throughout the contest. Oddo had to save his big moment for the game’s final seconds.
With Louisville comfortably ahead of Virginia Tech and in its final offensive possession of the game, Oddo made sure that his first (and almost certainly last) made field goal as a Cardinal would be one that nobody watching would ever forget.
That pass, that shot, that reaction; This is what March is all about.
Hold onto that one forever, Keith.