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Ep. 48: Mid-Season Rankings and Trends with Mike Gribanov

Mike Gribanov joins Cole and I to talk about prospect rankings at the NCAA's mid-season mark. We start with some news about De Sousa's eligibility at Kansas, Jarred Vanderbilt's injury updates, and Andrew Jone's awful leukemia diagnosis. Then we focus on The Stepien's updated rankings and our own roles in making them. Is Luka Doncic completely cemented as the #1 pick? Who's in the mix for #2? Jaren Jackson Jr. is best. Why are opinions about Bamba so varied? Why Bagley sucks, and much, much...

Duration: 01:47:29

Ep. 47: Donovan Mitchell, Jontay Porter, and Daniel Gafford

Cole and I start with some news and updates, including the Colson, Jackson injuries, and Okogie's great return from suspension. We discuss Donovan Mitchell and the improvements he's made, then move into our prospect breakdowns of Jontay Porter of Missouri and Daniel Gafford of Arkansas. Enjoy. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit

Duration: 01:30:24

Ep. 46: Pick Trades, Collin Sexton, and Trae Young

Cole and I start with a few items of news including the latest depressing update on De'Anthony Melton. We move to pick trades that could convey this year, then get to Collin Sexton and Trae Young deep dives. Happy Holidays! Learn more about your ad choices. Visit

Duration: 01:59:46

Ep. 45: Kevin Knox, Mikal Bridges, and Other Stuff

Cole and I get review some brief news, then give a few updates on Trae Young, Jevon Carter, Daniel Gafford, and Jalen Brunson. We discuss the merits of pricing in contract value and development curves into a player's draft prospects, then get to the meat: deep dives on Kevin Knox and Mikal Bridges. Enjoy. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit

Duration: 01:31:38

Ep. 44: Re-Ranking the 2016 Draft Class with Peter Nygaard

Sean and Cole are joined by Peter Nygaard to re-rank the 2016 draft class. They start with news items about the Doncic rumors, Anfernee Simons's potential draft entry, and the Trevor Booker trade. They spend the rest of the time re-ranking the 2016 draft class as prospects going forward. Enjoy. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit

Duration: 01:04:32

Ep. 43: Early Impressions with Marc Whittington

Marc Whittington joins Cole and Sean to talk about his impressions from this early season of basketball. They start with NBA rookies, particularly Jayson Tatum and Lauri Markkanen, and touch on a few trends. The main course is a discussion about Marvin Bagley, Jaren Jackson Jr. and the other top center prospects in college basketball. They finish with a few words about Collin Sexton and Trae Young. Enjoy. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit

Duration: 01:06:59

Ep. 42: One-And-Done, Doncic, and Porter

Cole and Sean start to figure out this podcasting thing by introducing a consistent structure with a couple new segments. They start with news and updates, of course hitting on Michael Porter's devastating surgery news, followed by some brief updates about Trae Young, De'Anthony Melton, Mikal Bridges, and Collin Sexton. In the first of many NBA segments to come, we explore our ignorance about the potential one-and-done rule change, then get to the regular meat of Ode to Oden with extensive...

Duration: 02:03:00

Ep. 40: Prospects from The Champions Classic

Sean and Cole talk about Tuesday's Champion's Classic, where many of the top young prospects for the upcoming 2018 NBA Draft were on display. They start with a short introduction to The Stepien, a new draft site, then spend an absurd amount of time on Marvin Bagley's 10 minutes, Trevon Duval, Wendell Carter, Jaren Jackson, and Miles Bridges. They end with a few comments about the abysmal Kentucky-Kansas. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit

Duration: 02:05:00

Special Announcement Episode

Cole Zwicker joins me to unveil a project that he, I, and a few friends are working on. Enjoy.

Duration: 00:10:04

Ep. 40: Eurobasket with Trevor Magnotti

Trevor Magnotti, of StepBack fame, joins me to cover the young prospects of the FIBA 2017 EuroBasket Tournament. We touch on overarching principles to take away, like why we should all watch more Euroleague, and how to evaluate athleticism in the european setting. Of course the main attraction was Luka Doncic and we spend a lot of time on him, but get to Cancar, Hilanson, and Radoncic too. Then we hit on Lauri Markkanen, Dragan Bender, Juancho Hernangomez, and Cedi Osman. Enjoy.

Duration: 01:06:02

Ode to Oden Ep. 37: Draft Recap and 2018 Preview with Mike and Josh

Mike Gribanov (@mikegrib8), of draft twitter fame, and Josh Riddell (@Joshua_Riddell) of DraftExpress join to talk about major points from the 2017 draft. We start with reaches and sliders, then get to the Celtics and Tatum at 3, the Butler trade, the interesting Kings-Portland trade, and then the run on bigs in the second half of the first. We end with ...

Duration: 01:15:43

Ode to Oden: Live Draft “Show”, Part 2

Javier Pasquera, Cole Zwicker and I streamed a combined What’s On Draft/Ode to Oden draft “show”, and here’s the audio. This is part two of a 5 hour stream. It starts with the Raptors taking OG Anunoby at 23, and goes all the way to the end of the second. Enjoy. Twitter: @OdetoOden Email: Listen to the Almighty Baller ...

Duration: 02:13:54

Ode to Oden: Live Draft “Show”, Part 1

Javier Pasquera, Cole Zwicker and I streamed a combined What’s On Draft/Ode to Oden draft “show”, and here’s the audio. It was a 5 hour stream, and so I’ll split it into two parts. This first part goes from the top of the draft and stops right before the Raptors take OG Anunoby at 23. Enjoy. Twitter: @OdetoOden Email: ...

Duration: 02:39:59

Ode to Oden Ep. 36: Philly-Boston Trade and the Duke Boys

Mike Gribanov and I talk about The Trade: Does Ainge know something we don’t? Who are the Celtics going to take at 3? What would have been too much for Philly? Then we move to Luke Kennard and Frank Jackson profiles. Enjoy. Twitter: @OdetoOden Email: Listen to the Almighty Baller Podcast Network on iTunes Listen and subscribe to Almighty ...

Duration: 01:14:13

Ode to Oden Ep. 35: Andrew Johnson - Ode to Oden: the NBA Draft Show

Ode to Oden Ep. 35: Andrew JohnsonOde to Oden Ep. 35: Andrew Johnson{{svg_share_icon}} {{svg_share_icon}} {{embed_code}} Copy Embed EmbedAndrew Johnson, of Nylon Calculus and, his own blog, Counting the Baskets, comes on to talk about statistics and projection models. We talk about his P-AWS draft model, shot projection models, and some evidence for the argument about upside versus median outcome. Enjoy. ...

Duration: 01:20:24

Ode to Oden Ep. 34: Jeremy Woo - Ode to Oden: the NBA Draft Show

Jeremy Woo, of Sports Illustrated, joins me to talk about covering the draft for a large media outlet and a large audience. Then we get to his draft evaluation style, and his personal top 11. We concentrate on Fox and Ball, and touch on Derrick White. Enjoy. Twitter: @OdetoOden Email: Listen to the Almighty Baller Podcast Network on iTunes ...

Duration: 00:36:17

Ode to Oden Ep. 33: Cole Zwicker - Ode to Oden: the NBA Draft Show

Cole Zwicker, of What’s on Draft Podcast and the StepBack, joins to talk Dennis Smith Jr., Jordan Bell, and Semi Ojeleye. Before the player profiles, however, we talk about his process of evaluation and thoughts on scouting. Enjoy. Twitter: @OdetoOden Email: Listen to the...

Duration: 02:05:13

Ode to Oden: Re-Run of Cole Zwicker - Ode to Oden: the NBA Draft Show

Re-airing this episode with Cole Zwicker from Dec. 2016, in preparation for the next episode when Cole comes back on. At least listen to the beginning about Cole’s archetype method. Cole Zwicker generously donates several hours, that he can never get back, talking with me...

Duration: 01:47:26

Ode to Oden Ep. 32: JZ Mazlish Returns

JZ Mazlish, creator of the blog Wingspan Addicts, and contributor at the StepBack and SB Nation, joined me to talk about upside and what it really is, Lonzo Ball at number one, and three player profiles: Jonathan Isaac, OG Anunoby, and Ike Anibogu. Enjoy. Twitter:...

Duration: 01:56:39

Ode to Oden Ep. 31: Justin Jackson and Draft Dropouts

Mike and I explain our low interest in Justin Jackson, going in depth for 40 minutes or so. Then hit on Robert Williams, Miles Bridges, and others that may have been drafted had they declared and stayed in. Enjoy. Twitter: @OdetoOden Email: Listen to...

Duration: 01:02:03

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