The Buzz Before UB: Coming out of Eisenhower High School in Decatur, IL, Jarod Oldham's senior season featured an 18 ppg, 7 rpg, 5apg line and All-County First Team and All-State Honorable Mention accolades.
Breakout and First Three Years: Oldham is one of those guys who stepped onto campus and immediately contributed, even in under a coach in Reggie Witherspoon who took some coaxing to play freshman.
But Oldham's tenacity on the defensive side and distribution skills made it impossible to keep him off the floor. In 33 games, the freshman accounted for 24 steals and 25 assists. Looking back at recent guards for UB, he was a great combination of the John Boyer and Byron Mulkey assist machines and the defensive force that was Andy Robinson.
Things only got better with another year in the system, as Oldham led the conference with nearly 6 assists per game his sophomore year, and chipping in with 46 steals. In his junior year he started to rack up the points in addition to his usual bundle of steals, assists, and rebounds, but suffered a wrist injury in practice after just 11 games and ended up missing the rest of the season.
Senior Moment: Coming into his final season, UB fans were just excited to get Oldham back on the floor. He has a way of pulling together 4-6 of pretty much every stat, and any points that come along are just gravy. True to that, the highlights of Oldham's year have been in those secondary stats as he once again is near the top of the conference in assists.
He has moved into top 5 in UB all time assists, and has been held under 3 in just 2 games this season. UB fans have one more chance to see him at work tomorrow.
Thanks for four great years Jarod! Go Bulls!