University of Minnesota men’s basketball head coach Ben Johnson has announced that Femi Odukale will join the Golden Gopher program for the 2024-25 season. Odukale, who is transferring to Minnesota from New Mexico State, has one year of eligibility remaining.

“Femi is a player we targeted right away, and we’re happy to add him to the program,” Johnson said. “Femi brings a lot to the program with his ability to score, post up, attack, and play with force. He has great physicality and toughness to play both offensively and defensively. Femi is a veteran player, and I love the grit, versatility, and competitive fight he’ll bring to our locker room. Our fan base will love watching him compete this year.”

Odukale, a 6-foot, 6-inch guard, has played in over 110 collegiate games and 80 starts in his previous stints. Last year, Odukale ranked second in Aggie scoring when he averaged 10.7 points in 26 games played. He shot 43 percent from the field and averaged a team-best 6.4 rebounds per game en route to All-CUSA Third team honors. In conference action alone, Odukale ranked third in the league in rebounding (7.0), third in assist/turnover ratio (2.0), fifth in blocks (1.4) and sixth in assists (3.3).

Before his time at New Mexico State, Odukale was at Seton Hall in 2022-23, where he started in 32 games and averaged 7.3 points and 4.4 rebounds. Odukale began his collegiate career at Pittsburgh where he played for two years and competed in 53 games. Starting in 33 games as a Panther, Odukale averaged 9.1 points and 3.1 rebounds over the two years.

Odukale, a multiple academic all-conference selection, will receive a bachelor’s degree in individualized study and is also a past NABC Academic Honor Court selection.

(info and photos courtesy of Gopher Sports)

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