Tuesday, February 14, 2006

A man among boys

This past weekend I had the chance to attend a high school basketball game at Northwestern University between Glenbrook North (Northbrook, IL), the top rated team in Illinois, and Lawrence North (Indianapolis, IN), the top rated team in the country.

For those who don't know, LN is where Greg Oden plays. He is a senior in high school, but many NBA scouts say that he would have been picked first overall in the NBA draft last year if he had been eligible. He will be attending Ohio State next year with his high school teammate Michael Conley, Jr., members of the nation's top recruiting class.

Needless to say, LN dominated and won this game. They are a great team. And most of all, Oden was a man among boys. He's a phenomonal high school player, and already, at 7'1" and 245 pounds, has NBA size. Nobody at the high school level can compete with him, and he was quite obviously the best player on the floor.

I was very impressed. Oden will be very good at the college and NBA level. It will be very interesting to see how well Oden and his teammates will do next season at the NCAA level. Will they surpass Michigan's Fab Five and win an NCAA title?

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