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Ohio State could lose Conley, Oden
posted: Wednesday, April 11, 2007 | Feedback | Print Entry
Ohio State freshman point guard Mike Conley Jr. was the most consistent player for the Buckeyes this season, the star during the team's run to the national title game. With NBA scouts now talking about him as a potential top-10 pick, Conley may declare for the draft.
Ohio State always knew the possibility existed that center Greg Oden could be one-and-done, but the play of Conley down the stretch could force Ohio State to lose its two best players.
"He's got to consider it, without a doubt," said Mike Conley Sr., who added that he is now a registered agent with the NBA.
"He realizes that he can't blindly say that he's going back to school after he had decided that a month ago," Conley Sr. said. "Things have changed and he has to consider it."
Conley hit the game-winning bucket with six seconds left to beat Wisconsin to win the Big Ten regular-season title. He scored 21 points (11 in overtime) in a win against Xavier in the second round of the NCAA Tournament. He scored 15 points with six assists and one turnover in a national semifinal win over Georgetown.
Conley Sr. said he doesn't think his son or Oden, whom he coached during the summer circuit while Oden was in high school, will wait until the April 29 deadline. An Ohio State spokesperson said Tuesday that Oden hasn't set any kind of timetable for a decision.
Conley Sr. said he anticipates being his son's and Oden's agent, so if they decide to declare, they wouldn't have the pressure to sign with an agent before the June 18 withdrawal deadline.
"I anticipate them putting their name in, but not signing," Conley Sr. said. "Believe it or not, the boys are naive to the process and they need to be educated to all of it.
"There are different dynamics with both of them," Conley Sr. said. "In Michael's case, he came on rapidly at the end and didn't have a lot of planning on this. People have been talking to Greg for a year or two on this, but it took Michael by storm."
Ohio State's coaching staff could not be reached for comment Tuesday.
For the record, I want Oden and Conley to both stay at OSU for all of the obvious reasons...but, if they can make the business decision to enter the draft and make a lot of money, then more power to them. The above article is an ESPN Insider article. I didnt provide the link because unless you are a subscriber, the link will not work for you.
"Rounding Third and Heading for Home"
Well sounds like the pep rally is over and there was nothing said either way. I would say that isn't good for them staying, but looks like we're still waiting.
Apparently, Thad Matta's quote to close out the evening was "If things go down the way I think they will, we're gonna have a hell of a team next year."
Take that for what it's worth.
"Strickland Propane... Taste the meat, not the heat." - Hank Hill
The possibility of Greg Oden coming back leads me to wonder: Will he be taking the "Advanced History of Rock n Roll" next year? Also, I know he got two credits for playing basketball as a Freshman. Does OSU give him five credits if he plays as a Sophmore? Just wondering.
I have a few thoughts on what I believe will happen (I don't have any sources so this is purely speculation):
1.) Oden and Conley will go together on whatever decision they make whether staying or going.
2.) At this point I can't see Oden coming back. Why not just say it yesterday and get it over with? I think if he wanted to dodge the spotlight he will announce today or tomorrow on campus. If we get to the weekend I would have to say he's almost certainly gone. Especially if he decides to announce from Indianapolis after this weekend's rumored meeting between him, Cook, and Conley.
3.) I get the feeling Cook will probably do as Oden and Conley too. They stuck together for college and I get the feeling they may stick together now.
I hope Oden stays but if he doesn't say anything between now and the weekend I think he's probably gone. Maybe this extended time frame shows he's really having a tough time making a decision. If that's the case I have a bad feeling because money has a great ability to sway decision making.
But, not that you said it does, it doesn't mean he's staying at OSU. People can still get an education and play pro basketball. I believe Shaq got his degree recently and Grant Hill's name sticks in my mind as well.
All the more reason that it's pretty silly for Oden to stay.
BTW, I am not an OSU hater. I just think it is silly that fans of a particular school think that their players should stay when, with any real scrutiny, those fans should realize they are hurting the chances of long term success for an individual they supposedly care about, just so they can see their school succeed in the short term.
If Oden won Powerball tomorrow and never had to worry about money for the rest of his life, he should go play for the local Y league if that tickles his fancy. Otherwise, take the money and do the best you can with it and your talent.
Greg Oden should take whatever classes he wants to. I say to hell with the idiots just looking for someone to bash. According to reports the guy is definately book smart.
This is the time. The real Reds organization is back.
So when you consider that, fans of any school care more about the school's success than any individual. Ask any Ohio State fan if they want to win the NCAA tournament next year or have Greg Oden be the NBA Rookie or the Year I think everyone will say NCAA tournament. Is that selfish? Sure it is. But I'm a fan of the Ohio State Buckeyes more than I'm a fan of Greg Oden.