How Acquired/Draft Background: Selected by Portland in the first round (first pick overall) of the 2007 NBA Draft.
2008-09: Posted averages of 8.9 points, 7.0 rebounds, 0.5 assists and 21.5 minutes in 61 games (39 starts) … Placed second on the squad in blocks with 1.15 per game ... Led Portland in rebounds 20 times (including ties) ... Placed fifth among all NBA rookies and second on the team with 16 double-doubles ... Scored 10-plus points 29 times, including two games of 20 points or more … Grabbed 10-plus rebounds 18 times … Had eight games of three blocked shots or more … Led Portland in scoring twice … Named to the 2009 T-Mobile Rookie Challenge & Youth Jam at All-Star Weekend ... Recorded 17 points (7-11 FG) and 12 rebounds (six off.) to go with a career-high six blocks Feb. 8 vs. New York ... Brought down a career-high nine offensive boards in tallying 18 points and 14 rebounds Jan. 24 vs. Washington ... Counted a career-high 24 points (9-14 FG) and a career-high tying 15 rebounds vs. Milwaukee on Jan. 19 ... Grabbed a career-high tying 15 rebounds and added 15 points in a career-high 42 minutes Dec. 12 vs. L.A. Clippers (2OT) … Missed the first 14 games after the All-Star break with a bone chip in his left knee … Sat out six games from Oct. 31-Nov. 10 with a right foot sprain.
NBA Career: Missed the 2007-08 season after undergoing microfracture surgery on his right knee, Sept. 13, 2007.
Playoffs 2009: Appeared in all six games for Portland, averaging 5.0 points (11-21 FG), 4.3 rebounds and 16.0 minutes … Netted a playoff career-high 15 points (6-7 FG) on April 18 vs. Houston in his first career postseason contest.
College: Named to the Associated Press All-America First Team ... Was the first Buckeye to earn that honor since former Trail Blazer Jim Jackson in 1991-92 … Named a 2007 Wooden All-American … Named the NABC National Defensive Player of the Year and 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 … Averaged 15.7 points, 9.6 rebounds and 3.3 blocks for the Buckeyes … Led the team in scoring, rebounding and blocked shots … Missed the team’s first seven games recovering from right wrist surgery … Due to the injury, he shot the majority of his free throws with his off-hand at a .628 rate … Logged 16.1 points, 9.3 rebounds and 3.5 blocks in six NCAA Tournament games, despite averaging just 27.5 minutes a contest … Reached a double-double in three NCAA Tournament games … Reached double figures in rebounds 15 times … Posted 14 double-doubles … Scored 20-plus points five times … Grabbed 15-plus rebounds five times … Came through with 25 points, 12 rebounds and four blocked shots against Florida in the NCAA National Championship Game … Blocked four or more shots 17 times, including a career-high seven blocks in a Feb. 6 win over Michigan.
High School: Named 2006 Naismith Prep Player of the Year, awarded annually since 1987 to the best high school player in the nation … Joins Damon Bailey (1990) as the only Indiana honorees … 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 … Two-time USA Today and Parade Magazine Player of the Year … Named 2006 McDonald’s High School All-American Player of the Year and played in the McDonald’s All-American game … Associated Press First Team All-Indiana in 2004, 2005 and 2006 … National High School Coaches Association Player of the Year in 2006 … Arthur L. Trester Mental Attitude Award winner (Indiana) in 2006 … Nation’s No. 1 rated player by SI.com in 2006 … Named Indiana Mr. Basketball by the Indianapolis Star in 2006 … Named Co-MVP for the West in the Roundball Classic … 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.
Personal: Named to 2009 USA Basketball Men’s Select team … Son of Zoe and Greg Oden, Sr. … Brother, Anthony, signed to play football at Arkansas in 2008 … Played on the same high school AAU team (Spiece Indy Heat) with NBA players Josh McRoberts (Indiana), Mike Conley, Jr. (Memphis) and Daequan Cook (Miami)… Was the homecoming king his senior year of high school … If he wasn’t in the NBA, Oden would like to become a dentist … In school, his favorite subject was math … Has a Boston/Beagle mix named Charles Barkley McLovin … Was on the cover of College Hoops 2K8 video game … Actively involved in Oregon Mentors … Partnered with VIZ Media to develop SLAM DUNK, a basketball-themed comic book to be donated to Oden’s charity, Oregon Mentors … Played the piano at the 2008 ESPY Awards … Spoke at Helping America’s Youth conference in March of 2008 in Portland … Returned to Columbus, Ohio, in the summers of 2008 and 2009 to be close to family and friends and is continuing to pursue his degree at Ohio State.