Oden Maintains Focus On College

Center Greg Oden from Indianapolis, Indiana is the nation's #1 prospect from the class of 2006. He's also perhaps the #1 draft pick in the 2006 NBA draft – though he maintains he wants to go to college. Oden spoke with DeaconSports this past weekend at the TOC concerning basketball and his recruitment.

"I'm still working," Greg Oden said in regards to picking a school. "I can give you a top four. Ohio State, Wake Forest, Michigan State, and Indiana."

In recent weeks, Oden and teammate Mike Conley were said to be favoring Ohio State just over Wake Forest. There were believed to be question marks for the two respective schools, however – NCAA violation allegations at Ohio State and the distance from home for Wake Forest – though Oden was quick to dismiss both question marks when asked by media members. "We already knew about it ahead of time. They already served their time," he said in regards to OSU's NCAA troubles.

As for the distance from home to Wake Forest, Oden mentioned that distance wouldn't likely be a factor in his decision. "Not really," Oden replied in whether distance was important. "That's what college is for, to get away, just become a young man."

Though rated the #1 player in the class, Oden continues to be his harshest critic and believes that college will help improve his game. When asked what he needed to work on, the 7' center replied "Everything. Shooting, dribbling, everything. I feel comfortable on the low post but I know I've got to work on my body a lot," he continued.

Oden continues to maintain that he would like to attend college and has no clearcut timeframe on his decision.


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