Mar 24, 2013; Dayton, OH, USA; Indiana Hoosiers guard Victor Oladipo (4) high fives a fan as he leaves the court after the win over the Temple Owls during the third round of the 2013 NCAA tournament at University of Dayton Arena. Mandatory Credit: Brian Spurlock-USA TODAY Sports

Indiana Hoosier’s Victor Oladipo Will Enter 2013 NBA Draft


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.”

The next big decision for the Hoosiers is what will happen with Cody Zeller. Before the season Zeller was projected to be the No. 1 pick in the draft but Zeller has since come back to earth and while he’s still projected as a lock for the first round, his value in the lottery isn’t as strong as it was earlier this year. The same can not be said for Oladipo who may ever well be the second guard off the board and clearly has a bright NBA future ahead of him.

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