I've heard him say that he needs to stay in school and his mom wants him to stay in school, yet I didn't really believe him. And now with this quote I kinda think he will stay, and he looks like he's going to be a good all-around player. Supposedly he doesn't like the spotlight and he doesn't seem to have this cockiness about him, maybe it's a show, who knows.
I believe him. He has been saying this same thing for a couple years now. In all the articles or stories done on him people always talk about how humble he is and how dedicated to education he is. Although, I think it might be hard for him to stay all 4 years in college when he is a guaranteed first overall pick.
I think one more year would do him good, but as much as I wanna believe this guy, I can't yet. So many people around tourney time say they'll stay in school to hold on to the support of their fans and school, but end up leaving anyway. Whether their intention to stay was genuine or not, I don't know, for some the money becomes too tempting. I think Oden is as pure a guy as you've had come through college, and if I were to believe someone in this type of situation, it'd be him.