Indiana Hoosiers junior point guard Victor Oladipo will forgo his senior season and enter the 2013 NBA Draft. Oladipo made the decision over the weekend and announced his intentions on Tuesday at Asembly Hall with the assistance of head coach Tom Crean. At the announcement, Crean openly supported his point guard’s decision saying Oladipo can’t do much more to raise his value at the college level.
“It’s a no-brainer for Victor to head to the league,” Crean said at Tuesday’s announcement. “His value won’t get any higher than what it is. Returning will likely hurt him.”
Oladipo came into prominence this season with the Hoosiers on their way to a Sweet Sixteen battle with the Syracuse Orange that ended in defeat. But along the way Oladipo helped lead the Hoosiers and his work was rewarded by being named to the first-team Associated Press All-American. According to NBA Scouts, the Hoosiers guard gradually moved his way up draft boards and is now one of the best point guards coming into the league.
“He’s ready for the NBA right now,” a scout said, via USA Today. “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.”