June 28, 2007
Park Ridge, Ill. - Top pick Greg Oden of Ohio State led the way for six Big Ten men's basketball players among the 60 players selected in the 2007 NBA Draft on Thursday. Oden, who was selected by the Portland Trailblazers, was joined in the first round by former Buckeye teammates Mike Conley (fourth pick to Memphis Grizzlies) and Daequan Cook (21st pick to Philadelphia 76ers).
The freshman trio helped lead the Buckeyes to regular season and Big Ten Tournament championships before advance all the way to the 2007 NCAA Championship contest. Oden is the first conference player selected with the first pick of the annual draft since Glenn Robinson of Purdue in 1994. Since 1957, Big Ten student-athletes have been chosen No. 1 nine times.
Alando Tucker closed out the Big Ten contingent in the first round as the Phoenix Suns selected the Wisconsin All-American with the 29th pick. Purdue's Carl Landry was nabbed early in the second session by the Seattle Supersonics at No. 31. He was followed by Iowa's Adam Haluska, who was chosen 43rd by the New Orleans Hornets.