<
>

Report: Greg Oden is Coming, and He Wants the Ball

Jeff Rabjohns of the Indianapolis Star got the scoop from the player's father:

Greg Oden Sr. said he was comfortable with his son's decision. "Why not, as long as he finishes school in the offseason?" the elder Oden said.

"He's the kind of kid that, even though he'll have a lot of money, he needs to do more than just basketball.

"They had an exciting season, but why take the chance on him getting hurt?"

Rabjohns also quotes Greg Oden's former coach and friend Jimmy Smith, who pointed out before the Final Four that Oden was disappointed that he shot such a high percentage, yet was hardly noticeable in an offense that featured three-pointers above all else.

The article also confirms the expected: that Mike Conley, Sr. will represent Oden. The elder Oden also says fellow Buckeyes Mike Conley Jr. and Daequan Cook will be in the draft, but will likely maintain their amateur status for a possible return to school.

GMs throughout the league are breathing a sigh of relief. Not just because one of them will get this player, but because every quality player in the draft just got pushed one notch lower. It's like Christmas.