Fan Report: DeMatha’s Victor Oladipo

  • 01/06/2010 8:44 am in

The following report was written and submitted by ITH reader Jeff Wood, who got a chance to watch Victor Oladipo on Tuesday night. If you attend games of IU signees, commitments or potential recruits, send us a report to tips@insidethehall.com and it may appear in this very space.

I was fortunate to catch the DeMatha (MD) at Good Counsel (MD) last night and see Victor Oladipo play.  Vic finished with 17 points in a hard-fought three-point win for DeMatha.  I’ve read some of the scouting notes on ITH, and based on last night’s game I can echo some of what I’ve read.  Vic is athletic, can run the court in transition, and plays good D.

In the second half, DeMatha put Vic on the opponent’s smaller, quicker PG that was giving them trouble earlier.  His on the ball defense was good.  Even though the guy got by him a couple times, for the most part he did a good job of limiting the point guard’s effectiveness.  Off the ball, he gets his long arms in passing lanes.  I saw him deflect a few passes.  He did a good job of crashing the boards.  Even though he didn’t control a lot of rebounds, he was active and he’d get a hand on the ball.

Offensively, he’s not a dominant player, but he made an impact on the game with his athletic dunks and by scrapping for put-backs.  I don’t think he has a lot of confidence in his jumper.  He had two 3-point attempts, which were not bad shots, but missed.  A third time he could have gotten a shot off, but he hesitated and didn’t take it.  Hopefully, he can continue to develop his outside shot, but for now he can really finish around the rim.

He had four or five dunks in this game. He was on the receiving end of a nice alley-oop, which was a set in-bounds play drawn up to take advantage of his athleticism.  In the last minute of the game, he helped seal the victory when after an opponent’s made basket. He broke loose from the pressing D, caught a long in-bounds pass, and threw down a nasty 360-dunk.  Overall I was impressed, and I think he can be a good addition to IU’s rotation.

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  • jam

    I thought it was pretty faint praise. Program needs an impact player and it doesn't look like he is coming in the next class.

  • marcusgresham

    Can he shoot free throws????????

  • CreamandCrimson

    Thanks for the insight. Oladipo is another nice piece to the puzzle that Crean is trying to build. His desire to play defense and his athleticism are his biggest assets and if he can develop a consistent jumper during his career, he can be a very effective player in his as a Hoosier.

  • tberry

    Close fought game and he is showboating with a 360 dunk?

  • JerryCT

    Well, he hit it…………..unlike Brandon McGee's dunk against Michigan…..where he found the rim to be a little higher and less forgiving than he thought……..still makes me laugh

  • GFDave

    Thanks for the report. I think we are really going to like this kid.

  • CreamandCrimson

    That is always a hilarious memory. tberry, I didn't think of it that way but I guess I see your point. That's an extremely high-percentage shot for Oladipo but you're right, a simple two-handed dunk would have been easier. I don't have a problem with it but I get your point.

  • jam

    I thought it was pretty faint praise. Program needs an impact player and it doesn't look like he is coming in the next class.

  • GFDave

    I agree that we haven't signed an impact player, but that doesn't mean VO won't help us. I've seen plenty of video of him and the only player now on the team with his athleticism is Rivers. His DeMatha team is undefeated and he was the tournament MVP in Puerto Rico.

  • his nick name is 360

  • cooper

    I thought the same thing at first, then realized IU probably hasn't had someone who could do a 360 dunk in a game before so it would be nice to see

  • IUMIKE1

    A little off topic for this but did anyone else see CTC's latest tweets he says, and this is not word for word but pretty close, after watching tape and other teams play that we have got to get an impact player who can score and rebound right away plus be tough and willing to battle right away and that we don't need another learner that we need a doer. WOW those comments are both interesting and puzzling at the same time to me plus makes me curious about some things all at once. It was his first tweets since 12/31 and makes me wonder if something has happened behind the scenes since he usually has something new on there almost every day sometimes several in just one day. I may just be reading something into things that are not there but it just sounded a little out of character for him compared to what he normally tweets. Is it just me or does anybody else find this a little odd ?

  • I think he is talking about Ricardo Ratliffe……..seems this 6'8 forward attended the IU michigan game….he is a juco (was a 4 start prospect but due to grades to the juco route)….looks like a beast scores like 26 points per game….I'm all for him….I would rather have him than another gaurd…I am pleased with our current gaurds they just need to take care of the ball better

    http://rivals.yahoo.com/rutgers/basketball/recr

  • marcusgresham

    Looks like Kentucky may be looking at him, too. Offer him a scholarship just to keep him away from Lexington.

  • marcusgresham

    Can he shoot free throws????????

  • IUMIKE1

    Ben-M:
    That may very well be what he was hinting at since the NCAA does not allow him to mention kids by their name. Agree with you 100% on the gaurd thing. Is this year his first year in the juco ranks ? Crean has made the remark more than once that our team grade point average has been very good so maybe he is thinking he can bring him in without hurting that a whole lot or maybe he has the grades thing taken care of. Am I thinking right in that if he transfers he would be eligible to play when next season starts ? I'm not usually one to favor the juco approach but with the situation we have with our bigs right now and if this kid is that good then it may be the best way to go. This would also maybe create a situation where we would not be in such a need for Bawa to hurry up and develop into a contributerer / starter. Would this put us in a bind as far as having a scholly if by some quirk of fate Selby committed ? Crean would probably find a way some how to give a scholly to Selby if it came down to that though.

  • because it's Indiana

    Now there's a void we had this year – someone who could play well in Puerto Rico! 🙂

  • GFDave

    That's exactly what I was thinking.

  • jwoody

    tberry, that was my first reaction when I saw him do it, especially since it was a close game. But, he really made it look effortless.

  • 360 dunk

    Greg Graham against Purdue, don't remember the year.

  • Bedo

    http://www.allkyhoops.com/2010/01/uk-basketball
    http://www.google.com/search?hl=en&q=ricardo+ra

    JOCO star name is Ricardo Ratliffe – UK and UofL are hot on him. We may need to have a mass prayer to obtain his talent – Obi-Wan you are our only hope!