Oladipo leaving for NBA is the right move
Indiana Hoosiers swingman and DeMatha High (Md.) graduate Victor Oladipo will forgo his final year of college eligibility and enter the 2013 NBA Draft, he announced at a press conference Tuesday.
Oladipo averaged 13.6 points, 6.3 rebounds, and 2.2 steals per game this season for an Indiana team that finished 29-7 and made an appearance in the Sweet 16.
Over his first two seasons at Indiana, Oladipo showed gradual improvement until he burst into the National Player of the Year conversation during his junior year in 2012-13.
He was named the Big Ten Defensive Player of the Year after being regarded as one of the most impressive lockdown defenders in the country. He was also one of the most efficient offensive players in the conference, shooting nearly 60 percent from the floor.
Indiana head coach Tom Crean spoke glowingly of Oladipo as he sat alongside him at Tuesday’s press conference, calling it a “privilege” to coach the Upper Marlboro, Md., native.
Oladipo called it an “honor” to play at Indiana and is projected to be a lottery pick in the upcoming June draft.
He would likely be a shooting guard or undersized small forward at the NBA level, but his athleticism and energy make him a player who could make an instant impact on the defensive end of the floor.
Oladipo graduated from Indiana in three years, meaning he will have his degree when his name is called on draft night.
“I’ll always be a Hoosier until the day I die,” Oladipo said.