Friday, April 1, 2016

Tritons Take a Chance on Former NBA Top Pick

Edmonds Community College Men’s Basketball Head Coach Kyle Gray announced the signing of former NBA overall number-one draft pick Greg Oden to a Northwest Athletic Conference (NWAC) letter of intent Friday. 

A 7-0 center, Oden battled injuries during his 7-year NBA career. He was recently cut by the Jiangsu Dragons of the Chinese Basketball Association. As a member of the Dragons, Oden averaged 13.6 points and 12.6 rebounds a game.

“Well, he is only 28. There are a ton of guys in this league who are older,” said Gray about the signing. “Since he only played one year at Ohio State, we think he can play a year with the Tritons. Who knows? It might get him back on track for another shot at the NBA and we can always use a big man.”

Oden helped lead Ohio State to the NCAA title game in 2007 against Florida. Oden scored 25 points and had 12 boards in the losing effort. The first pick by the Trailblazers that year, Oden was finally cut in 2012 and signed with the Miami Heat during the 2013-14 season.

Asked about Oden’s professional career as it pertains to NWAC eligibility, Gray laughed: “Well, it was the Trailblazers for Pete's sake. It’s not that professional there anyhow – I mean it’s not like the Lakers and their incredible amount of Championships (16). Now that’s a franchise -- a dynasty really!”

Happy April 1st! 

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