Oden Leads the "What-Ifs"

They're officially "Scarlet and Gray," but Jared Sullinger has a different name for the squad of former Buckeyes playing in The Basketball Tournament later this month.

"It's the what-ifs," he explained. "You know, coach [Thad] Matta is probably sitting back and watching like, '[Darn.] What if they stayed all four years?'" 

There's probably no greater "what if" facing one of Matta's players than Greg Oden. 

What if the big man had remained healthy? 

Would the top draft pick from 2007 still be playing? 

As it is, the former member of the Portland Trailblazers is working as a student coach for current Ohio State head man Chris Holtmann, and he wouldn't mind being a head coach himself some day. 

"That would be nice, actually. That would be really nice," Oden said. "I have to get my degree first. I can't predict the future. All I know is, once I get that degree, a lot of doors open up." 

He's 31 credit hours away. Until then, he's learning from Holtmann and playing for Scarlet and Gray.

"It's going to be fun. I just had to feel good. I thought this summer I felt pretty decent. I feel like I can do something." Knowingly he added, "I'm going to go ahead and undersell it." 

Hear from Oden with his interview with 105.7 The Zone below: 

 

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