Greg Oden got honored by Ohio State Sunday.
The infamous NBA draft bust was among the players honored on senior day before the Buckeyes lost an overtime thriller to Wisconsin. He left Ohio State after one dominating season in 2007, was the first pick in the NBA draft and proceeded to do absolutely nothing. (RELATED: Wisconsin Beats Ohio State 73-67 In Overtime Thriller)
Now, he will graduate in May more than a decade after leaving.
Greg Oden, who last played for Ohio St in the ‘07 NCAA title game, honored on Senior Day. Oden, who has served as a Buckeyes assistant coach, will graduate in May. He was picked #1 & earned $24.38M in his NBA career that consisted on playing in only 114 games ( by @AdamJardy) pic.twitter.com/vdqc04xkOw
— Darren Rovell (@darrenrovell) March 10, 2019
Oden will forever be remembered as arguably the greatest draft bust in NBA history. He came out of the OSU with an insane amount of hype.
He was unstoppable in college, and it wasn’t hard to see why during his playing days. Oden was a massive human being, and pretty much nobody could match up with him.
However, his NBA career went down the drain fast after being the first overall pick by the Portland Trailblazers. He just couldn’t stay healthy and didn’t make any noise.
I’m glad to see he went back to school to get his degree. Good for him for not just going away. He’s still finding ways to advance his life in a positive fashion.
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The NBA didn’t work for him, but maybe he’ll have a successful coaching career. Either way, at least he’s continuing to move forward.