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ESPN MAG: Blazers C Greg Oden Explains Decision To Turn Pro

In an ESPN: The Magazine feature, Portland Trail Blazers center Greg Oden explains his decision to enter the 2007 NBA Draft after just one season at The Ohio State University.

Greg Oden, Ohio State (C, Portland Trail Blazers) "Not winning the championship was actually a big factor. I definitely wanted to win. But another big factor was my partner in crime for a long time: Mike Conley. He had a chance that not a lot of people would get, and I would have been selfish to tell him not to take it. He was the best player on that team. He ran everything as the point guard. Him not being there would make it a lot tougher to get back (to the championship game). That was a major factor for me. We wanted to win, but you have to take the opportunity to play in the NBA."

Oden was the No. 1 pick in the 2007 NBA Draft. Conley was selected at No. 4 by the Memphis Grizzlies.

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