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Meet Greg Oden’s half-brother, 13-year-old Joe Jones III

Greg Oden

Former Portland Trail Blazers center Greg Oden watches from the crowd during the first quarter of an NBA basketball game between the Portland Trail Blazers and Memphis Grizzlies in Portland, Ore., Wednesday, April 3, 2013. (AP Photo/Don Ryan)


All college basketball aficionados/pundits/fans, and especially recruiting gurus, are looking for the next big thing. Here’s another subject presented for evidence.

Meet Joe Jones III. The Buffalo native is 6-6 at 13 years old, and his basketball pedigree runs deep. His dad, Joe Jr., was a player at Fairmont State, though that doesn’t compare to Jones III’s older half-brother, 2007 NBA Draft No. 1 pick and first-team all-American Greg Oden (Oden was born in Buffalo).

“Baby Joe” could get to the 7-0 height that Oden stands at and he’s only about to enter the eighth grade.

He’s got enough talent, albeit at a young age, to watch his progress. He’s definitely got the pedigree to do something impressive.

(Video courtesy of WIVB.)

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