Greg Oden to return to the Ohio State staff as a graduate student

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It has been over five years since Greg Oden last played professional basketball. The former Buckeye center and former No. 1 pick in the NBA Draft, however, hasn’t given up on the sport.

According to Adam Jardy of The Columbus Dispatch, Oden, 33, is expected to return to Ohio state this year as a head coach graduate student. Chris Holtmannthe staff of. This will be the second time Oden has been on the staff of Scarlet and Gray after serving as Director of Students under the direction of the Head Coach. Thad Matta then as a student trainer under Holtmann.

According to Jardy, that will be a bigger role than either of the two Oden’s previously held during his time on the Ohio State men’s basketball team. This role will involve more coaching, an area Oden has expressed interest in pursuing since graduating from Ohio State in 2019.

“I’m honestly grateful to Coach Holt and his team for welcoming me and giving me this opportunity because that’s literally what I want to do is become a coach,” Oden said. at The Dispatch. “One of the hardest things to do is get your foot in the door, so for them to give me this opportunity while I’m in a position to get a masters degree in athletic coaching from Ohio State University, this that I would love, this is something that is just amazing. I couldn’t ask for better. I am so grateful and ready to take this opportunity.

Oden was the nation’s highest ranked player in the 2006 class. The center committed to Matta and the Buckeyes in a class, which became known as the “Thad Five,” which included other top prospects. rank Cook Daequan, Mike Conley and David Lighty, as well as the transfer of the junior college Othello Hunter.

After sustaining an injury early in his college career, Oden helped lead the Scarlet and Gray to the NCAA Tournament Final Four and an appearance in a National Championship game in 2007. After averaging 15.7 points, 9.6 rebounds and 3.3 blocks per game in his freshman year at college, Oden declared for the 2007 NBA Draft where he was selected first overall by the Portland Trail Blazers.

It was in the NBA that Oden’s career encountered a major problem. Chronic knee injuries have limited the big man to just 82 total regular-season games over six NBA seasons. After playing his first two years with the Trail Blazers averaging 9.4 points, 7.3 rebounds, and 1.4 blocks per game, Oden reappeared with the Miami Heat for the 2013-14 season. He appeared in 23 games for Miami alongside James lebron, Dwyane Wade and Chris Bosh and helped the team to the NBA Finals where they lost to the San Antonio Spurs.

Oden played a year in China for the Jiangsu Dragons in the 2015-16 season, on average 13 points, 12.6 rebounds and two blocks per game. He then returned to Ohio State to begin his coaching career and complete his education.

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Now he’s back with the Buckeyes for the third time, looking to take the next steps to becoming a full-time coach.

“Now I’ll be more involved in the meetings, more in the coaching part, more involved in all aspects than when I was just the manager, sort of bouncing back and being there for practice while I ‘was full-time at school, “Oden told The Dispatch.” I’m going to be more involved with the cutting of the movie, working with the coaches, (Ryan pedon) More precisely. I can do more with the technical staff.

“I’ve been around, I’ve had experience as a player, but I haven’t had the coaching experience that I would need to be the best coach I can be. This is why I am so grateful for this opportunity.


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