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Indiana’s Victor Oladipo still undecided on entering NBA Draft

Apr 1, 2013, 8:14 PM EDT

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This is the time of year when all the early entrants to the NBA Draft start making their announcements. We’ve already seen a few do so.

As for right now though, Indiana’s Victor Oladipo hasn’t figured out if he’s headed to the pro ranks, or coming back for his senior year with the Hoosiers. This according to Jeff Rabjohns, via ESPN’s Andy Katz.

Oladipo had a breakout season for Indiana and was in the discussion for national player of the year. He averaged 13.6 points, 6.3 points, 2.2 steals and 2.1 assists for the Hoosiers, helping them to a no.1 seed and a second-straight Sweet 16 appearance before falling to Syracuse. He was a unanimous first-team all-Big Ten selection and the Big Ten Defensive Player of the Year, along with the Sporting News tabbing him as their National Player of the Year.

He’s steadily improved every year since arriving in Bloomington and broke through in a huge way this season, no longer being known as a compliment player to Cody Zeller in the national spectrum. He definitely exceeded all the expectations put upon him.

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With that said, he’s ready to test the NBA waters, at least. Maybe he doesn’t like the pre-draft process and comes back, but it’s definitely worth looking into. His game is well-rounded, he’s explosive off the dribble and in transition, moves great without the ball and obviously is a defensive dynamo. But if he feels he (and Zeller, who also hasn’t made up his mind) has unfinished business at Indiana, maybe he comes back.

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  1. arlingtonsynn - Apr 1, 2013 at 9:11 PM

    Zeller should return. He needs to prove he can bang around in college before trying to bang around at the Pros.

    Now if Victor returns that would be both a shock and awesome (Hoosiers fan here). IU would be loaded.

  2. jpopejoy - Apr 1, 2013 at 10:40 PM

    I think either both stay or both go…as an IU fan…please let both stay (even tho it’ll put IU in a scholarship crisis)

  3. packhawk04 - Apr 1, 2013 at 11:09 PM

    Oladipo can go right now and be an impact nba player. Choice is his obviously. Zeller wont be much of a pro player. Great college player though. He gets into those funks where he dribbles into the lane, throws up a wild shot, and just falls into his opponent hoping for a foul.

  4. xli2006 - Apr 2, 2013 at 5:12 PM

    The consensus seems to be that Vic is leaning toward the NBA while his stock is red hot. He graduates in May (3 years! Nicely done).

    Zeller won’t be able to graduate with a Business Degree until the end of next semester. He isn’t your usual “cash in” type of person/player and as a HS Valedictorian and Academic All-American places a high value on getting that degree. Plus, Cody has shown that he could benefit from another year to work on his Post game before making the jump.

    If Zeller returns, IU’s Frontcourt is going to be VERY stout. With the addition of McD All-American Noah Vonleh and Wisconsin Mr Basketball Center Luke Fischer plus a developed Perea and Jurkin… IU could be very solid in the PF / C department. This season Zeller was pretty much carrying the load in the Post with Watford playing a roaming wing Forward leaving Zeller alone in the paint.

    Even if Vic leaves, a 6 player Top 5 class for IU appears ready to help fill the voids.

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