Greg Oden's Appeal Means More TV

If all goes according to plan, Greg Oden will end up the most televised high school basketball star in history.

Greg Oden 's Lawrence North Wildcats already have one game this season scheduled for ESPN2, against Dayton ( Ohio ) Dunbar on Dec. 8 at Hinkle Fieldhouse, ESPN spokesman Mike Humes said.

In addition, Rashid Ghazi of the Paragon Marketing Group, the Skokie, Ill. , firm that arranged that game, confirmed negotiations are under way to televise the Wildcats' game at North Central, likely Jan. 19.

Along with the Wildcats' game against Poplar Bluff , Mo. , on ESPN2 last year, that would give Greg Oden three appearances as the featured player on a nationally televised regular-season game. Cleveland Cavaliers star LeBron James, who as a senior at St. Vincent-St. Mary in Akron , Ohio , was featured on national TV twice, is the only other player with more than one.

The game against North Central includes three of the nation's top recruits in 7-foot senior Greg Oden, Wildcats senior point guard Mike Conley and Panthers junior shooting guard Eric Gordon. Lawrence North athletic director Grant Nesbit said a TV package for the game is "in the works," but added an official schedule likely wouldn't be available until next week.

Nesbit said there also are television possibilities for Lawrence North's Feb. 11 game at Northwestern University in Evanston , Ill. , against Glenbrook North, the defending Illinois Class AA state champion.