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Published: Friday, 6/16/2006

Prized OSU recruit to have wrist surgery


INDIANAPOLIS - Ohio State recruit Greg Oden was scheduled to undergo surgery today to repair a torn ligament in his right wrist.

The 7-foot center from Indiana suffered the injury Feb. 28 but played with the sore wrist through the state high school tournament, leading Lawrence North to a third consecutive Class 4A championship.

Oden then played in two national all-star games - the McDonald's All-American Game on March 29 in San Diego and the Roundball Classic on April 9 in Chicago.

Ohio State issued a statement confirming the surgery but did not offer a timetable for Oden's recovery.

"We look forward to getting Greg to the Ohio State University for summer school Monday and starting his rehab process to get him back as quickly as possible," Buckeyes coach Thad Matta said.

Oden shot 74 percent from the field and averaged 22 points and 10.5 rebounds a game last season, when Lawrence North finished unbeaten with a record-tying 45th straight victory.

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