Odiase, Sims commit to UIC

Homewood-Flossmoor (Ill.) senior power forward Tai Odiase and Bloomington North (Ind.) combo guard Grant Sims committed to UIC on Sunday.

Odiase, a 6-foot-9, 195-pound forward, chose the Flames over Ball State, Kent State, IPFW, Southern Illinois and Valparaiso. Odiase, who is ranked the No. 53 power forward in the country by ESPN, committed to UIC while on an official visit this weekend.

Sims, a 6-foot-3, 170-pound guard, also committed to UIC while on an official visit this weekend. He had offers from Air Force, Miami (Ohio) and UNC-Asheville, among others.

“I was just really comfortable with the coaching staff,” Odiase said in a phone interview on Sunday. “From Day 1, they’ve been recruiting me the hardest. They were the first to recruit me. They really believe in my skill set and feel they can develop me in the next four years. I think they can get me where I need to be in the future.”

UIC assistant coach Donnie Kirksey was the lead recruiter on Odiase. UIC assistant coach Stew Robinson was the lead recruiter on Sims.

Odiase and Sims are UIC’s first and second Class of 2014 commitments. The Flames also recently received a commitment from Class of 2015 combo guard Drew Hackett, who is from Munster, Ind.