Monday, June 18, 2007

Oden the #1 Draft Pick

A look at the most likely #1 Draft pick, Greg Oden.

Height: 7'0
Weight: 257 lbs.
Born: January 22, 1988
Birthplace: Buffalo, New York

Greg Oden will be coming to the NBA with just 1 season of college basketball under his belt, but many feel he may become the next dominant player in the NBA since Shaq and Tim Duncan. Oden attended Lawrence North High School in Indianapolis and led them to 3 straight state titles. In 2005, Oden was named PARADE's Co-High School Player of Year (along with Monta Ellis) and Gatorade's National Boys Basketball Player of the Year. He is the first junior since Lebron James to achieve this award. Oden was named PARADE's High School Player of the Year and Gaorade National Boy's Basketball Player of the Year in 2006.

In 2006-07, Greg Oden attended Ohio State University. Following wrist surgery in June of 2006, Oden sat out the early part of the basketball season. His college debut was on December 2, 2006 against Valparaiso, where he notched 14 points, 10 rebounds and 5 blocks. Oden led his Ohio State squad to the NCAA Finals in just his first and only season. The Buckeyes then lost to Florida in the Finals, with Oden scoring 25 points, grabbing 12 rebounds and blocking 4 shots. Oden was named to the 2007 AP All-American Team, which also features the likely #2 pick of the NBA Draft, Kevin Durant.

On May 23, 2007, he was added to the current roster for the USA Men's National Basketball Team.On May 23, 2007, he was added to the current roster for the USA Men's National Basketball Team. He has already signed an endorsement deal with Topps Trading Card Company for 3 years and is in talks with Nike for a shoe contract.

Oden will most likely be heading to the Portland Trailblazers who have the first draft pick in the 2007 NBA Draft. NBA analyst Steve Kerr has described Oden as a "once-in-a-decade player."

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