An early entry candidate for the 2007 NBA Draft.
Career Highlights: Named to The Associated Press All-America First Team. Was the first Buckeye named to the first team since Jim Jackson in 1991-92. Named a 2007 Wooden All-American. Named the NABC National Defensive Player of the Year and the Pete Newell Big Man of the Year. Named Big Ten Freshman of the Year, Defensive Player of the Year, and was selected First-Team All Big Ten by the coaches and media.
Freshman (2006-07): Led the Buckeyes in scoring (15.7 ppg), rebounding (9.6 rpg) and blocked shots (105). Posted 14 double-doubles and scored 20 or more points five times. Reached double figures in rebounds 15 times. Had a career-high 19 rebounds in a win over Purdue. Blocked four or more shots 17 times, including a career-high seven blocks in a win against Michigan. Had a career-high 29 points and 10 rebounds in a win against Iowa. Averaged 16.1 points, 9.3 rebounds and 3.5 blocks in six NCAA Tournament games. Came through with a 25 points, 12 rebounds and four blocks against Florida in the national championship game. Missed six games recovering from right wrist surgery.
High School: Named 2006 Naismith Prep Player of the Year, awarded annually since 1987 to the best high school player in the nation. Two-time Gatorade Indiana and National Player of the Year (2005, 2006). Only the second player to repeat as the Gatorade National Player of the Year, joining LeBron James. Also a two-time USA Today and Parade Magazine First-Team selection. Tallied 1,873 points, 1,058 rebounds and 341 blocked shots in high school, leading Lawrence North to three consecutive Class 4A state titles and a 103-7 overall record, including 24-1 in the postseason. The 2006 Lawrence North squad also was the first team from the state of Indiana to be ranked No. 1 nationally by either USA Today or Sports Illustrated, both of which rated the Wildcats the top-ranked high school team in 2005-06. Named a 2006 McDonald’s High School All-American and played in the McDonald’s All-America Game.
Strengths: Legit seven-footer with all the physical attributes to develop into a dominant NBA center. A game-changer on defense with his ability to block shots and rebound. Runs the floor exceptionally well. Plays with a calm and confident demeanor.
Personal: Son of Zoe and Greg Oden Sr. Has a brother Anthony who is a junior at Lawrence North High School.