December 19, 2006

...Just to Make it Fair

Greg Oden is the real deal, even playing with only one hand. The freshman center, who looks like he could be 38 years old, dominated again tonight, as the Buckeyes turned it on late to cruise past Iowa State.

As crazy as it may sound, Oden has lots of competition for the title of "most impressive Buckeye freshman." Point guard Michael Conley, Oden's high school teammate, has been dazzling with his ball handling, shooting and penetration. His chemistry with Oden was expected, and is evident, but nobody expected him to look so settled and mature and aggressive at the point just a handful of games into his freshman season.

Daequan Cook was rated one of the top five players in the nation as a high school senior, and he has arrived in Columbus with a flourish as well. Cook is a smooth swingman who gives the Buckeyes instant scoring as their sixth man for the moment. He could be joining Oden in the NBA if he wants to be a millionaire instead of a college kid sooner instead of later.

Posted by dan at December 19, 2006 10:13 PM