Ohio State’s basketball team will have a familiar face on the sidelines for the 2021-22 season. Former No. 1 pick Greg Oden is joining the Buckeyes’ coaching staff as a graduate student.
Two years ago, Oden was a student manager for Ohio State. Fast forward to the present day, and he plans on becoming a full-time coach.
Oden spoke to The Columbus Dispatch about his latest career move. It’s safe to say he’s very excited to learn under Holtmann at Ohio State.
“I’m thankful, honestly, for coach Holt and his staff who have welcomed me in and given me this opportunity because that’s literally what I want to do is get into coaching,” Oden said, via The Columbus Dispatch. “One of the toughest things to do is get your foot in the door, so for them to give me this opportunity while I’m able to actually get a Master’s degree in sports coaching from The Ohio State University, which I would love, is something that’s just amazing. I couldn’t ask for anything better. I’m just so thankful and ready to take advantage of this opportunity.”
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Oden was a superstar for the Buckeyes during his playing career, earning All-Big Ten honors and winning the Pete Newell Big Man Award.
After a standout season at Ohio State, Oden declared for the NBA Draft and was selected by the Portland Trail Blazers. Unfortunately, injuries prevented him from reaching his full potential at the pro level.
The transition from player to coach might not be that easy for Oden, but he should be able to relate to most of the players on Ohio State’s roster.
If this all goes according to plan, Oden could become a head coach at the collegiate level in a few years from now.