Greg Oden, hailed by virtually everyone as the best big man to enter college since Shaq, made his debut with Ohio State on Saturday. He’s been recovering from wrist surgery and wasn’t expected to play until January, but the doctors cleared him early. And if the first game is any indication, the rest of the college basketball world is in serious trouble. In 23 minutes he had 14 points, 10 rebounds and 5 blocked shots. And that was while shooting mostly with his left hand (the surgery was on his right wrist, his dominant one). This guy is scary talented. 7 foot tall, huge hops, huge wingspan, great footwork. He’s going to be dominant at both ends, but especially on defense.
In fact, after watching Ohio State play North Carolina last week, even though they lost, I’m ready to make a prediction that the Buckeyes will win the national championship this year. They nearly beat the Tar Heels on their home court and that was without Oden playing. This team has it all – great point guard play, great outside shooting, great coaching and now the most dominant big man in the country. This team will be in the final four and I’d put money on them winning it all.