After returning to school and completing his degree, Greg Oden is a professional basketball player once again – at least for the summer.
The former Buckeye big man will be spending his summer playing in the BIG3 basketball league, as he was selected No. 7 overall by the Aliens in Thursday night's draft.
"It is fun to be around all these guys I haven't seen for a while, I am excited to play with these guys."
— CBS Sports Network (@CBSSportsNet) May 2, 2019
The BIG3 is 3-on-3 professional basketball league consisting primarily of former NBA players and co-founded by the entertainer Ice Cube. Oden's new team is co-captained by NBA veteran Kendrick Perkins, who played 13 seasons in the NBA and won the 2008 NBA Championship with the Boston Celtics.
Previously, games were broadcast primarily on FS1, but under a new deal with CBS Sports, the 2019 season will be broadcast on CBS and CBS Sports Network.
After an injury-plagued NBA career, Oden returned to Ohio State to complete his degree and has been a student manager for the Buckeye basketball team under both Thad Matta and Chris Holtmann. Oden completed his degree this spring and is set to graduate on Sunday.
This won't be the first time Oden has seen competitive action since his NBA career ended, as Oden made a brief appearance for the Ohio State alumni team in The Basketball Tournament last summer.