NBA Draft: Greg Oden
College: Ohio State
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Accolades: USA Today Player of the Year – high school (05 & 06), Parade Magazine Player of the Year – high school (05 & 06), Gatorade National Player of the Year – high school (05 & 06), Gatorade National High School Male Athlete of the Year (06), National High School Coaches Association POY (06), McDonald’s All-American – high school (06), 2006 McDonalds All-American Player of the Year – high school (06), Indiana 2006 Mr. Basketball – high school (06).
Scouting Report: The best big man prospect to emerge since Tim Duncan a decade ago.
Strengths: Intimidating defensive presence – blocks tons of shots – alters even more. Great physical strength down low at both ends of the floor. Great passer – especially outlet passes. Despite his size he can get up and down the floor and is quite quick offensively on the low block. While not as strong as he defense, his offensive game is more than adequate. Great attitude – modest, smart and a good teammate.
Weaknesses: Not very experienced – only played part of a year in college, and many of those games were played with an injured shooting hand.
Projected 2007 Draft Range: #1 overall.
Consensus: Barring serious injury, Oden is bound to have a Hall of Fame NBA career. He will make an immediate impact to whatever team he goes to. After a couple of pro seasons under his belt he should be considered the top center in the league. An NBA GMs dream come true – a low maintenance superstar.
Current NBA Mock Draft Position
CHN's Six-Star Ranking System
= Superstar/All-NBA Potential
= Potential NBA All-Star
= Consistent NBA Starter
= 6th Man/Fringe Starter
= Career Reserve
= Fringe NBA Player/12th Man
0 stars = Life in the Minor Leagues