Greg Oden: Youth not wasted

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It might be a premature, but we’re going to venture a guess that Ohio State University’s freshman basketball star, Greg Oden, will be the top pick in the NBA draft this June.

Certainly, the 7-footer has the physical skills. His ability to block shots and run fast were already evident in his debut in State’s 78-58 win over Valparaiso, where Oden scored 14 points, snatched 10 rebounds and blocked five opponents’ shots while playing in slightly over half the game.

But it’s Oden’s other skills that show the promise of real leadership:
  • Modesty. He deflects hero worship onto Ohio State football stars Troy Smith and Ted Ginn Jr.

  • Maturity. Oden is willing and able to converse on a range of topics.

  • Charisma. “Greg Oden is a presence,” says “Bo” Ryan, coach of the rival University of Wisconsin basketball team. “If you find any chinks in his armor, let me know.”
—Adapted from “As Good as Advertised,” Grant Wahl, Sports Illustrated.

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