Oden’s Half-Brother: 13 Yrs Old, 6-Foot-6


While former Ohio State star and No. 1 overall NBA draft pick Greg Oden tries to salvage his career, his massive half-brother is trying to launch his.

Perhaps “massive” doesn’t do Joe Jones III justice. The rising eighth-grader is just 13 years old yet already stands 6-foot-6 and wears a size-16 shoe. According his (and Oden’s) father, Joe Jones Jr., doctors are projecting that he’ll stand seven feet tall when he’s done growing.

A Buffalo, NY, native, “Baby Joe” is still raw, as one would expect a 13-year-old to be. But he has basketball in his genes (Joe Jones Jr. played at Fairmont [WV] State). Needless to say, there will be plenty of college coaches keeping track of him over the next five years.


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