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2006 Player of the Year

Lawrence North's Greg Oden in a league of his own

Posted: Friday December 22, 2006 11:04AM; Updated: Friday December 22, 2006 12:59PM
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By Jon Mahoney, Special to SI.com, RISE

Viewed as the best high school center in decades and the consensus top recruit in the Class of 2006, Greg Oden dominated high school basketball like no other high school athlete in '06. The 7-footer towered above the competition and was a force on both ends of the court for Lawrence North (Indianapolis).

Greg Oden averaged 22 points, 11 rebounds to leading Lawrence North to state and national titles last season.
Greg Oden averaged 22 points, 11 rebounds to leading Lawrence North to state and national titles last season.
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As a senior, Oden averaged 22 points, 11 rebounds and three blocks per game to lead Lawrence North to its third consecutive state title and the No. 1 spot in the national rankings. As a result, Oden was named Gatorade National Boys' Basketball Player of the Year for the second consecutive season, joining NBA superstar LeBron James as the only two-time winners of the award.

Oden, who also won the Naismith and Morgan Wootten awards, is now starring at Ohio State. And you'll be hearing about him in the coming months the Buckeyes make a run at a national title. Oden is also the likely No. 1 pick of the 2007 NBA Draft, if he declares.

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