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Olumide Adelodun: The Foundation of a Defensive Wall

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Pronob Kumar
The 6’5” giant, Olumide Adelodun, plays as a guard for the team.

The Winona State University men’s basketball team is known for its intense defense, but one Warrior in particular, who plays as a guard, ensures that there is little opportunity for an opposing team to score if he gets a chance to attack. Olumide Adelodun is such a player who acts as a wall for his team and seizes all opportunities for attack.

Adelodun is from Calgary, Canada. He began his journey in the United States at Ohio University with the intention of majoring in sports management. He transferred to Winona State with a business administration major and continued with a CGPA above 3.0.

His connection with basketball began at Bishop O’Byrne High School and his older brother was his inspiration to play and pursue the game. Adelodun is a natural athlete with a high physique standing at 6’5” and weighing 215 pounds. Still, he is one of the most agile players on the team.

“Olumide is versatile offensively. He can shoot the ball from the perimeter. He does a really good job of attacking the paint with the dribble and finishing in the paint,” Head coach Todd Eisner said. “And he is a really good passer. So, he just brings a lot of versatility to our team.”

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In his first and second years at Ohio University, he was mostly on the bench which was not ideal when combined with his desire to enhance his skills and pursue his passion. He decided a shift was necessary and began looking for new universities during the summer. He gravitated towards the approach and friendliness of Winona State and is now under two scholarship programs here and reps the number 0 as a Warrior.

One larger fact about him is his belief in God: “Lou is a follower of Christ,” Teammate Jordan Wilkins said. “He keeps God first in his life.”

As Olumide is from Canada, his parents are not always here to cheer him on at his games but his father tries to visit for most of them. He mentioned that the best moment of his career was the moment when his mother saw him playing in the U.S. for the first time.

Besides playing basketball, Adelodun likes to go fishing and hiking as he is a nature lover. He mentioned that biking in Winona is one of his favorite things to do. He also likes the hills here and often goes there when he feels as if needs to be alone.

Despite his hobbies, he still maintains a tight schedule. He wakes up at 6:30 A.M., practices till 8:30 A.M. and once his classes are done, he goes to the gymnasium for an hour. He is always ahead in terms of academics so he does not have added stress when in a game. He even mentioned that he never leaves homework unfinished before heading onto the court.

Along with exercise, he also emphasizes a healthy diet of primarily fruits and meat to maintain his health and metabolism.

Interestingly, Adelodun is also a loyal guy with his shoe brands. He scored a good amount of points this season in his Harden 7 shoes.

He does not have any future plans right now, but he hopes to play basketball and grow within it. He wants to join the NBA or another league in any country. Overall, he always wants to be more impactful on both ends for the team.

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Pronob Kumar, Sports Reporter

Pronob Kumar (he/him/his) is a sports reporter for The Winonan and started in the Fall of 2022. He is now a photographer as well. Kumar is currently a second-semester Sophomore at Winona State University majoring in Applied Computer Science and minoring in Mathematics and Physics.

In addition to working for The Winonan, Kumar is also a student employee on the IT Infrastructure team at Winona State University. He is also a tutor at the Library and a teaching assistant at the CS department. He is also the International Orientation Leader at the International Office and Orientation leader for WSU.

Outside of school, Kumar loves to play Chess. He was an under-18 national team chess player in his country. He also likes to cook food and go hiking with his friends. He enjoys drawing pictures and likes to tour different places.

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