Ohio State star Greg Oden will enter the NBA draft, his father told The Indianapolis Star in a story on its Web site Friday night.
The 7-foot center is widely considered a possible No. 1 draft pick, and Greg Oden Sr. said he was comfortable with his son's decision.
"He's the kind of kid that, even though he'll have a lot of money, he needs to do more than just basketball," Greg Oden Sr. said. "They had an exciting season, but why take the chance on him getting hurt?"
If anyone is curious, here are the key dates coming up in the NBA draft process:
April 29: Early Entry Eligibility Deadline, 11:59 p.m. ET
May 22: NBA Draft Lottery
June 18: Early Entry Withdrawal Deadline
June 28: NBA Draft 2007
July 6-15: NBA Summer League