McRoberts Battles Oden In Feature Prep Showcase

Last season it just wasn't going to live up to all the hype. At that time there was no doubt that Greg Oden was the best high school player in the country, but there was some debate on just how good Duke bound Josh McRoberts was After all, he was coming off a broken back and hadn't fully recovered. Fast forward a year later and you find that the rematch finally lived up to the original hype as McRoberts led Carmel into battle against Oden and Lawrence North. This time he was healthy.

After fouling out in just over three quarters with only three points as a junior, Josh McRoberts certainly had something to prove against next year's top pick in the NBA Draft. And while Carmel ended up falling 53-49, McRoberts' performance earned rave reviews.

The Duke bound big man scored 12 points, while collecting 10 rebounds in addition to four assists and three blocks, including two on Oden while logging a game high 32 minutes.

The Greyhounds fell behind early as Oden converted on some early baskets to lead his team to an early 13-3 advantage. The it was time for McRoberts to lead Carmel back with a three pointer and a key assist to tie the game at 16.

From there it was Oden's time to take the spotlight as the 7'1, 250lbs center would eventually lead his Lawrence North team to a 25-21 halftime advantage.

The lead would be pushed to 37-30 after three periods of play, though the Greyhounds would cut the lead to four with under a minute to play. However poise at the free throw line by Lawrence North eventually spelled doom for Carmel.

Oden finished with 20 points, 12 rebounds and three blocked shots.

The loss drops Carmel to 14-3 overall and 3-2 in the Metropolitan Interscholastic Conference.

McRoberts finished the game shooting 4-of-11 from the field, but just 1-of-4 from the perimeter and 3-of-7 from the line.


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