Thursday, December 05, 2013 7:23 PM
Published on: Friday, April 05, 2013
By Brandy L. Simms
Victor Oladipo, a DeMatha product and Indiana junior guard who led the Hoosiers to the Big Ten championship has been named a first team All-American by the Associated Press.
Oladipo, an Upper Marlboro native, became the first Indiana player to earn the honor since A.J. Guyton captured first team honors in 2000.
The 6-foot-5 guard, who is a finalist for the Wooden Award and the Oscar Robertson Trophy, has started all 36 games this season and averaged 13.6 points and 6.3 rebounds per game.
The 20-year-old helped guide Indiana to a 29-7 overall record including an appearance in the Sweet 16 of the NCAA tournament.
Oladipo led the Big Ten in steals (2.2 spg) and ranked among the conference leaders in field goal percentage (59.9). He joins Guyton, Scott May, Kent Benson, Isiah Thomas, Steve Alford and Calbert Cheaney on the list of Hoosiers who have earned AP first team honors.
He joins a list of former DeMatha players to earn first team All-America honors that includes Adrian Dantley and Danny Ferry.
Oladipo was named the Big Ten Defensive Player of the Year, Sporting News National Player of the Year and first team All-American along with first team All-Big Ten honors. He was also named a first team All-American by the United States Basketball Writers Association.
“It’s just great to see that happen,” said Indiana recruit Stan Robinson who hails from the Team Takeover AAU program that also produced Oladipo, “because Vic has always been one of the hardest workers. He’s like one of the hardest workers I know. He’s in the gym 24-7, 365 (days a year).”