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O’Dell, CMU’s Newest Two-Sport Athlete

Gifted with outstanding natural athleticism, Desmond O’Dell has had a hard time choosing between sports in high school, but a relatively easy time playing them all. The 6’3 product of Lord Selkirk High School focused a large part of his Grade 11 year on track and field, when he finished third in the challenging Multi (100 meter, 800 meter, long-jump and shot-put) at the Manitoba High School Championships and won a bronze medal in the provincial 400 meter finals.

But in his grade 12 year, O’Dell’s focus shifted from more individually-focused sports  to team sports –  specifically soccer and basketball – where his athleticism has truly been showcased. This week O’Dell has made a commitment to CMU, where he plans to compete in both basketball and soccer, making him one of the very few remaining two-sport student-athletes with the Blazers.

“We are really glad that Des has decided to join our program,” says CMU men’s soccer coach Russell Willms. “Des has all the tools to be a very dangerous attacking player in our conference and he has the right attitude to improve and refine his natural abilities.”

In his final year of high school, O’Dell led Lord Selkirk in goals-scored, including a two-goal performance in the provincial consolation-final that secured a fifth-place finish for Royals.

On the hard-court, O’Dell is equally talented. After competing at three high school tournaments, he was selected to three tournament all-star teams at Brandon, Transcona and Kildonan East, averaging more than 20 points, 5 assists and 5 steals per game. For his accomplishments O’Dell was recognized by the MHSAA as the Athlete of the Week in March.

“Des can really fly on the basketball court and is an excellent rebounder, shot-blocker and defender,” comments CMU men’s basketball coach Darcy Coss. “Des brings alot to the team as a player and teammate and has all the potential of developing into a great player.”

O’Dell plans to study toward a degree in Psychology or Kinesiology.



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