They have different personalities. Rod Odom is a fairly subdued guy. Kyle Fuller is outgoing.

They come from different backgrounds. Odom hails from New York. Fuller is from California.

For three years, their Vanderbilt basketball careers were very much a work in progress. Both struggled to find a niche off the bench their first two seasons. Odom searched for ways to improve his shooting. Fuller considered transferring in 2012, only to be talked out of it by his dying father.

“After my sophomore year, I think I was averaging two minutes a game,” Fuller said. “It was just the fact this probably isn’t the place for me in order to start succeeding in my basketball career. But my dad told me just to stick to it and that we’re not quitters. So basically what I had to do was get better instead of complain.”

Get better they did. Odom and Fuller saw their roles defined, their production spike and their leadership take on a new level of significance this season as seniors. Odom (13.8) and Fuller (11.4) are Vanderbilt’s top scorers. Fuller paces the team in assists (4.3). Odom is fourth in the SEC in 3-point percentage (40.0).

They will be honored today before their final game at Memorial Gym when the Commodores (15-13, 7-9 SEC) host LSU (17-11, 8-8).

“Rod has been a guy that’s probably improved as much as almost anyone we’ve ever had here, and deservedly so because of how hard he’s worked in the offseason to develop his game,” Vanderbilt coach Kevin Stallings said.

“Kyle’s road has been a little rockier, but he certainly has played well for us this year. We’re very proud of both of those guys.”

Odom and Fuller will be joined by student manager-turned-player Rob Cross and manager Nick Souder in a pre-game ceremony.

Stallings said Senior Night is difficult for him only when Vanderbilt loses. The Commodores have lost five of seven and two in a row, including Saturday’s 76-38 drubbing at Tennessee.

“We talked about it, we looked at (the game film) a little bit, but we didn’t dwell a great deal of time on it,” Stallings said.

When Vanderbilt played at Baton Rouge on Jan. 18 and lost 81-58, 6-foot-9 junior Johnny O’Bryant (22 points, 12 rebounds) had his way in the post.

“O’Bryant is probably the best pro prospect in the league this year,” Stallings said. “We’ll have to do a much better job. He really dominated us in the first game. But their entire front line is so athletic and big and imposing and skilled — it’s a very tough matchup for us.”

Vanderbilt would need to win next week’s SEC Tournament in Atlanta to reach the NCAAs, but there is still plenty of motivation to close the regular season on a positive note. A win today or Saturday at Ole Miss would ensure a finish of 10th or better in the conference standings, keeping the Commodores from playing on the SEC Tournament’s opening night.