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Tai Odiase (born September 21, 1995) is an Nigerian-American professional basketball player for Lavrio of the Greek Basket League. Standing at 2.06 m (6'9"), he plays the Center position. After playing four years of college basketball at UIC, Odiase entered the 2018 NBA draft, but he was not selected in the draft's two rounds.

Tai Odiase
No. 21 – Lavrio
LeagueGreek Basket League
FIBA Europe Cup
Personal information
Born (1995-09-21) September 21, 1995 (age 24)
Glenwood, Illinois
Listed height6 ft 9 in (2.06 m)
Listed weight240 lb (109 kg)
Career information
High schoolHomewood-Flossmoor
(Flossmoor, Illinois)
CollegeUIC (2014–2018)
NBA draft2018 / Undrafted
Playing career2018–present
Career history
2018Iberostar Tenerife
Career highlights and awards
  • Horizon League Defensive Player of the Year (2017, 2018)
  • 3× Horizon League All-Defensive Team (2016–2018)

High school careerEdit

Odiase played high school basketball at Homewood-Flossmoor High School in Flossmoor, Illinois. He was ranked as a top-25 senior in the state of Illinois and the fifth-best center. Odiaase helped the Vikings claim a conference title during his junior season and was named All-Conference. During his senior year, he averaged 17.4 points, 10.4 rebounds and 3.1 blocks per game.[1]

College careerEdit

Odiase, a three-year captain, played 130 games at UIC from 2014 to 2018. He started 117 times, including all 102 under Steve McClain leadership. The Glenwood, Ill., native was named the Horizon League Defensive Player as both a junior and senior and he is one of only three players in Horizon League history to be named to the conference's All-Defensive Team three times. Odiase is the all-time leader for both UIC and the Horizon League with 361 career blocks. That number places him tied for 37th on the NCAA's all-time list with Harvey, Ill., native Melvin Ely.[1]

Professional careerEdit

After finishing his college career at UIC, Odiase joined Iberostar Tenerife of the Liga ACB until the end of the season.[2] After going undrafted in the 2018 NBA draft, Odiase joined Lavrio of the Greek Basket League.[3]


  1. ^ a b "UIC Bio". Retrieved July 5, 2018.
  2. ^ "Tai Odiase Signs with Iberostar Tenerife". Retrieved July 6, 2018.
  3. ^ "Tai Odiase (ex Iberostar Tener.) agreed terms with Lavrio". June 26, 2018. Retrieved July 6, 2018.