3. The Greatest Battle Ever That Became Ostertag Vs. Dampier
Reading old recaps of when the (formerly) two top players in the Class of 2006 met are amazing. Derrick Caracter, a 6-9 behemoth who might’ve been an even more impressive prodigy than Oden, gave it to the future Buckeye, hitting him with three-pointers and killing him with his patented baseline spin move. He was so effective that at times Oden looked awkward trying to stop him. Despite that, as one recap wrote, “even with his lackluster performance Oden still managed to swat away almost anything that came his way on the defensive end and even energized the crowd with his thunderous dunks and ball handling skills on offense.”
But this wasn’t Oden’s defining moment in high school. Who remembers the McDonald’s Game after his senior year? Oden blocked what seemed like seven or eight shots in the first five minutes, and did so in every way possible (It was actually only four blocked shots in 19 minutes, but it seemed like more).
At the end of this Reebok ABCD Camp, Oden was selected to play in the underclassmen All-Star Game and couldn’t go. He had an ankle injury.