After one year of college, Oden entered the NBA Draft and was the No.
1 overall selection by Portland, one pick ahead of NBA superstar Kevin Durant.
As a result, he sat on the Ohio State bench during the beginning of the 2006–07 season, during which the Buckeyes were ranked as high as #1 before losing to North Carolina.
He made his college debut on December 2, 2006, against Valparaiso, coming off the bench.
Oden made a comeback last season, signing a free agent deal with the Miami Heat.
He repeated as Gatorade National Boys Basketball Player of the Year in 2006. On June 29, 2005, Oden and Lawrence North teammate Mike Conley, Jr.
He recovered and made his NBA debut on opening night 2008.
On March 15, 2012, he was waived from the Trail Blazers after a long history of injuries.
On April 20, 2007, Oden announced that he would be entering the 2007 NBA draft.
On June 28, 2007, he was selected by the Portland Trail Blazers with the #1 overall pick.
His felony offense carries a penalty of one to six years behind bars. Thursday in his mother's Lawrence home, according to a Lawrence Police Department report.