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Everyone saw the writing on the wall for Greg Oden and even Mike Conley to a lesser extent after the 2007 NCAA tournament ended.
Oden was going to be the No. 1 pick in the NBA draft and was supposed to be a once-in-a-generation big man. There was no way he was staying in school for his sophomore year. As for Conley, he played so well in the postseason that it felt his ceiling would never be higher—he was out too.
But nobody predicted freshman Daequan Cook—who played less than 10 minutes in three of the Buckeyes’ last four tournament games—would join his teammates and bolt for the NBA. It was one of those unexpected moves that certainly played a factor in Ohio State’s failure to even make the Big Dance the next season.
Cook was also unpredictable on the floor during his one year in Columbus. In his first eight games he scored 22, 18, 8, 22, 20, 17, 14 and 20 points respectively. He looked like a star in the making.
However, as the year wore on his excellent games were few and far between. He failed to reach double-figure scoring in the team’s final 11 contests and even went scoreless in a win over Northwestern.
Yet somehow he was selected in the first round of the NBA draft.