Former phenom and first overall draft pick Greg Oden is done playing basketball, he told the Indianapolis Star in a feature piece that ran on Thursday. The 28-year-old Oden is back at Ohio State, where he played one year of college basketball, as a sophomore sports industry major. He is with the basketball team as a student coach under his former college coach Thad Matta.
When asked about whether he would play professional basketball again, he said, “I wish. It’s over.” Oden’s career was derailed by injuries, playing in only 105 games from 2007-2014 — and only once past 25 games in a single season — after the Portland Trail Blazers drafted him first overall over Kevin Durant. When he was healthy enough to play, Oden showed the rebounding and shot-blocking potential that made him the top prospect in his class. For his career, he averaged 14.9 points, 11.6 rebounds and 2.3 blocked shots per 36 minutes.
Oden is back at Ohio State to prepare for a life beyond his playing career. In September, he became the father of a little girl. Although he is still around basketball as a student coach, he said that wasn’t his reason for coming back. “I’m still trying to figure out my life,” Oden said. “Since I’ve been in fourth grade, all I’ve known was basketball. I’m just trying to better myself and work on my degree and set something up for the future of my family.”