Victor Oladipo to enter NBA draft
by Terry Hutchens, USA TODAY Sports
Indiana guard Victor Oladipo announced Tuesday he will enter the 2013 NBA draft.
Hoosiers coach Tom Crean and Oladipo met with the media at Assembly Hall.
Oladipo, a junior guard, was named a first-team Associated Press All-America. He will graduate from Indiana in May.
After the Hoosiers’ season ended against Syracuse in the Sweet 16 of the NCAA tournament, an NBA scout told The Indianapolis Star: “It’s a no-brainer for Victor to head to the league because his value won’t get any higher than what it is. Returning will likely hurt him.”
Oladipo gradually moved up the draft board during the season. He’s an aggressive defender, is athletic, quick and improved his jump shot.
He averaged 13.6 points and made 44% of his three-point attempts this season.
“He’s ready for the NBA right now,” a scout said. “I think he can help teams because he has a motor. He can defend, and his offense has gotten drastically better. He plays bigger than his size.
“… His style of play is better suited for the NBA because of the way the game is officiated with limited touching. His speed gives him the clear advantage.”
There will be an announcement regarding Cody Zeller’s decision whether to stay or turn pro Wednesday.
Zeller entered the college season rated by many as the potential No. 1 overall pick in this summer’s draft. But that talk died down as the season progressed because Zeller “lacks toughness and rarely took over games” this season, according to an NBA general manager.
Zeller struggled against physical big men in college, and big men in the NBA are leaps and bounds ahead of those in college.
“What you saw against Syracuse is exactly why his stock has fallen,” said one scout who watched Indiana play throughout the season. “He couldn’t get his shot off and he played passive against a physical, athletic team. That’s not the way to show you’re ready for the NBA.”
Zeller had only 10 points on three of 11 shooting against the Orange. Five of his eight misses were the result of having his shot blocked.
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