The top pick in the 2007 NBA Draft is attempting a return to the court.
The BIG3 basketball league announced Monday that former Ohio State center and current student assistant Greg Oden is set to enter its 2018 draft pool this summer in an attempt to get back on the basketball floor.
SPLASH ALERT The 30-year-old former number one pick out of Ohio State hopes to return to the court this Summer! Oden is ready to turn heads at the BIG3 Draft Combine. pic.twitter.com/fGQPB4PhIQ
— BIG3 (@thebig3) February 12, 2018
The BIG3 league was founded in January of 2017 by rapper Ice Cube and features mostly former NBA stars in a 3-on-3 league that tours the country. In its inaugural year, the BIG3 league consisted of eight teams with seven players each. Notable names that played in the league's first season included Allen Iverson, Chauncey Billups, Kenyon Martin and more. The coaches of the teams also consisted of Julius Erving and Clyde Drexler.
Oden has not played professional basketball since February of 2016, when he played for the Jiangsu Dragons of the Chinese Basketball Association. He has spent the last two seasons as a student assistant for Ohio State while completing his degree. The former Buckeye big man was initially supposed to play on Ohio State's alumni squad in The Basketball Tournament in 2017, but was replaced at the last minute by Jared Sullinger.