Now that the news is officially out that Greg Oden will miss all of the 2007-08 season because of recent microfracture surgery on his right knee, it has become clear that leaving Ohio State early was the right decision for the #1 pick.
Before he officially decided to join the NBA, Oden appeared to have a real love for college and college basketball. He supposedly agonized over his decision even though he was the clear number one pick. Now in hindsight, it was the best decision he has ever made.
Had Oden stayed in college and suffered this knee injury, he would have put his future in the NBA in significant jeopardy. He would have surely missed all of this upcoming season and may not have even been ready for the 2008-09 season, entering his junior year. Now, because of his decision to go pro, Oden has $10 million guaranteed to him over the next three years and he will be taken care of by some of the best doctors the country has to offer.
Many people go back and forth about whether leaving early is a good move or not and the possibility of injury will always appear for those who argue that leaving early is the right move. Now with Oden’s situation, it’s clear how much he could have lost had he stayed at Ohio State.