Former high school hoops star Oden arrested

Greg Oden
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LAWRENCE, Ind. (WISH) — Greg Oden, who won three state basketball titles playing for Lawrence North High School, was arrested in Lawrence early Thursday morning, according to a police report. Oden was a member of the Miami Heat this past NBA season.

According to the report, officers responded to a disturbance in the 7200 block of Maple Bluff Place around 3:30 a.m. An officer on scene was talking with a man, identified as 26-year-old Gregory Oden.

When police arrived they spoke with a female victim who was laying on a sofa with blood on her face. Police also spoke with a witness identified as the victim’s friend. She said, “he punched her in the face, my hand hurts and I just want to go home.”

Medical personnel arrived but the victim refused treatment, the report said. She told police that she fell but was unable to provide further details and was uncooperative, police said.

A relative to Oden told police she woke up to hear Oden and the victim arguing, saying every time the two visit and go out there is an argument that follows.

Oden said, “things got out of control and I started to go after the victim. My relative and witness tried to hold me back, but as I swung my arms to move them out of the way, then punched the victim in the face.”

Miami Heat center Greg Oden shoots a free throw during the first half of an NBA basketball game against the Portland Trail Blazers, Monday, March 24, 2014 in Miami. (AP Photo/Wilfredo Lee)
Miami Heat center Greg Oden shoots a free throw during the first half of an NBA basketball game against the Portland Trail Blazers, Monday, March 24, 2014 in Miami. (AP Photo/Wilfredo Lee)

He went on to say, “I was wrong and I know what has to happen.”

Oden told police he and the victim had dated for two years but recently broke up. Police said he was cooperative at the scene.

Oden was transported to the Arrestee Processing Center and preliminarily charged with battery. He was later booked into the Marion County Jail.

After starring at Lawrence North with Mike Conley where the two won state titles from 2004 to 2006, Oden played one season alongside Conley at Ohio State before being drafted number one overall by the Portland Trailblazers. His NBA career has been marred by injuries.

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