Sunday, March 09, 2014 4:28 PM
Published on: Thursday, April 11, 2013
By Brandy L. Simms
Indiana junior guard and Upper Marlboro native Victor Oladipo on Tuesday announced that he would forego his final season of college eligibility to enter the 2013 NBA Draft.
Oladipo, a DeMatha graduate, registered a career average of 10.7 points, 5.2 rebounds, 1.5 steals and 1.7 assists in 104 games at Indiana. He ranks third in career steals (161) and owns 1,117 career points at the Big Ten Conference school.
“It’s an honor to be an Indiana Hoosier,” Oladipo said during a news conference at Assembly Hall in Bloomington, seated next to Indiana head coach Tom Crean. “It means so much to me and I will always be an Indiana Hoosier. This is my home. I love this place. I love the fans. I love the people.”
Oladipo said he plans to graduate on May 4, which happens to be his 21st birthday. He will earn a degree in Sport Communications – Broadcasting.
During his junior campaign, Oladipo averaged 13.6 points, 6.3 rebounds, 2.2 steals and 2.1 assists per game while helping lead the Hoosiers to back-to-back NCAA Sweet Sixteen appearances for the first time since 1994. He also guided the Hoosiers to their first outright Big Ten regular season championship in two decades.
Oladipo earned numerous postseason honors including the NABC National Co-Defensive Player of the Year and Big Ten Defensive Player of the Year. He was also named the Sporting News National Player of the Year and earned first team All-America honors from the Associated Press, NABC and the Sporting News.
“It’s an incredible thing to watch someone who is as good a person, has the charisma, the personality, the integrity, the character to just come alive with this second-to-none work ethic that he has brought,” said Crean. “It has helped transform our team. It has made everybody else in the program better. Victor may not have been the point guard per se, but when he was on the court, he impacted the game for everyone and made every one of his teammates better.”