A decade ago, Greg Oden was preparing for his first — and what would be his only — college basketball season at Ohio State.
Ten years later, the lanky 7-footer is remembered for mostly the wrong reasons: his busted knees, shortened and inefficient NBA career and a talent that could have been. The former Ohio State star caught up with ESPN this week to talk about his current life.
He’s back in classes at Ohio State and is working as a student assistant with the Buckeyes program this season, according to the article by Jeff Goodman. But Oden is aware of his perceived legacy.
“I’ll be remembered as the biggest bust in NBA history,” Oden said. “But I can’t do nothing about that.”
Oden helped Ohio State have one of the greatest seasons in its basketball history during the 2006-07 campaign. He was the team’s leading scorer (15.7 ppg) and rebounder (9.6 rpg) as the Buckeyes went 35-4 and reached the national title game where they fell to Florida.
Oden, now 28, went first in the 2007 NBA Draft but appeared in just 105 games during his career. Oden played professionally in China last season, but has said his playing career is over.