The Next Big Thing?

Photo by Pier Nicola D’Amico
Originally published in SLAM 99

Looking like Shaq after a typically monstrous throwdown, Greg Oden had fans and scouts foaming at the mouth throughout his high school days. A few injury plagued seasons removed from rocking a Roundball Classic jersey, many now doubt the former OSU standout’s ability to stay on the court—let alone that he’ll have a Shaq-like impact on the league. Here’s to hoping we get to see GO do this for the next decade plus.—Adam Fleischer