Former Ohio State star center Greg Oden is returning to the Buckeyes as a team manager, according to tweets from former Buckeyes walk-on Mark Titus.
Oden spent one season with the Buckeyes and averaged 15.7 points, 9.6 rebounds and 3.3 blocks per game while shooting nearly 62 percent from the field as a freshman, playing a key role in leading Ohio State to the national championship game of the 2007 NCAA Tournament. Ohio State lost to Florida and Oden then declared for the NBA Draft, being selected first overall by the Portland Trail Blazers while the then-Seattle SuperSonics picked Texas Longhorns star Kevin Durant at No. 2.
Unfortunately, Oden’s time in the NBA was far from memorable. A knee injury kept him from playing his true rookie year and chronic problems with the knee limited him to 105 career games from 2008-2014, making him one of the biggest draft busts in NBA history.
But Oden should fit right in as a manager at Ohio State, even if his responsibilities have yet to be specified. Fractured professional career aside, having spent last season playing in China, he is a proud Buckeye and since his playing days have come to a premature end at age 28, perhaps starting as a manager with an eventual goal towards coaching is his best option.
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