2011-2012 Player Profile: Victor Oladipo

  • 10/18/2011 11:30 am in

It’s time for Inside the Hall’s player-by-player breakdown of the 2011-2012 Indiana Hoosiers. Today: Victor Oladipo.

Like most players experiencing the rigors of life in the Big Ten for the first time, Victor Oladipo’s debut season as an Indiana Hoosier was a mix of highs and lows.

Oladipo shot 59 percent from inside the 3-point arc, which tied Tom Pritchard for a team-high among regular contributors. Many of those buckets were easy opportunities around the basket and in the lane that Oladipo finished thanks to his athleticism.

His defense was also solid at times and his steal percentage (3.6) was third in the Big Ten. On the glass, Oladipo’s offensive rebounding percentage of 11 was the best mark on the team and sixth in the conference.

On the down side, Oladipo’s 3-point percentage (30.8) and free throw percentage (61.2) left plenty of room for improvement. If both of those figures can be improved upon, the Maryland native looks like a prime candidate to breakout in his sophomore season.

So where does Oladipo fit on a roster that should be much more competitive for playing time? Right in the mix to crack the starting lineup.

The sophomore guard spent the offseason in the weight room, working on his perimeter game, traveling to China with Reach USA and playing in the Indy Pro-Am in Indianapolis. Those factors, coupled with the fact that Tom Crean is looking for his guards to defend and rebound at a high level, suggest Oladipo’s role will grow significantly this winter.

Best-case: Oladipo’s stroke from the free throw line improves, his hot shooting around the basket continues and his potential as a consistent perimeter defender is realized.

Worst-case: The sophomore remains too one dimensional on offense by failing to improve on his ball handling or perimeter game. Defensively, he continues to seek out the steal and the big finish on the other end rather than making the sound, fundamental play.

Quotable: ” I think we’re just better as a team because we’re more mature. We have new assets to our team that can help us a lot. I feel as though we’re working harder than we ever have. I feel as though if we continue to do what we have to do and continue to be consistent, we can be successful this year.” – Oladipo in a Q & A earlier this month.

All stats in this piece from KenPom.

Previously: Jordan Hulls, Will Sheehey, Verdell Jones III, Cody Zeller

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  • Anonymous

    Love Vic.  One of my favorite players without a doubt with a ton of upside.  I don’t want to lose Gary Harris for the perception of losing a big time in-state player.  However, I continue to tell people that they are highly underestimating how hard it will be for he and the others guys to crack the starting line-up with Vic in thier way.  He is a player and a big time athlete.  There is no way he let’s his post up in his Junior and Senior year. 

    I think we see one hell of an improvment this year.  Followed by another leap his junior year, when he will really begin to blossom into a shooter from deep and all-around player. 

    Vic is a stud and will mix in nicely with our team now and the talent coming in next year.  They will be looking to him after Jordy leaves for leadership.  I am confident he, Zeller and the others will be ready to provide.

    Keep working hard Vic.

  • Baxter

    Hard not to smile when you think of Vic.  

  • Anonymous

    I love this guy. I just wish we could get AJ Guyton on staff to teach him how to shoot, and we would have a 1st team All Big Ten player on our hands……

  • Best athlete on the team.  Perfect fit for CTC’s system.  As becomes more comfortable in it he will develop into all big ten caliber player and has a good shot at the pros.  Love his attitude and he can sing too!

  • Southport 65

    I believe CC could help him with his jump shot. There was none better during his years at IU and in the Big Ten as the all time leading scorer.

  • IUball

    He looked very good in the scrimmage. His ball-handling and awareness looked much better, and he knocked down a three. 

    The sky is the limit. He not only has the talent, but a great hard-working attitude.

  • Anonymous

    I really like VO and outside of his skills on the court I’m hoping that he helps us recruit the East Coast in the future. For now, he has to hit his FT’s or else all that slashing to the bucket won’t matter as much. Hate to see talent/athleticism like his on the bench at the end of the game.

  • MillaRed

    Much like many others last year, Vic was at times forced to do things outside of his skill set, like shooting 3-pointers, That can only get better, but I think he needs to be wide open. Just not a pure shooter.

    What he does well is attack the rim. Now that he is stronger I expect that to be even better.

    So the major improvement? Free throws. He actually did better in the second half or the % would be even worse. If he can knock them down at a 75% or better clip, I expect him to have a double digit average.

    He may not start due to Verdell and CTCs love for him, but I expect him to be starting by mid-season if not sooner.

  • Anonymous

    So much potential in VO..but as one of his coaches said last year…”he needs to concentrate on playing great..not making the great play.” That should come with maturity. He is so good around the basket..that good FT shooting is essential..cause he should get the opportunites. He and Will S give IU and unique set of players..let’;s hope they reach their potential.

  • Anonymous

    Agree.  I think their development this year and the degree to which Zeller assimilates to the college game as a freshman will really serve to be the tipping point as to how successful this team can be this year.  If they both deliver, I think we are an 18-22 win team and go to the tournament.  If each struggle a bit, it could be tough sledding and a fight to make it as an at-large bid.  I feel rather confident they can deliver.  I believe they are ready to from a maturity perspective, motivational perspective and as a team. 

  • Anonymous

    VO is one of those freak athletes that seems to be still picking up on the fundamentals of basketball.  Someone mentioned that James Blackmon Jr has developed amazing basketball fundamentals and is now working on his athleticism.  VO seems to be the exact opposite, not knocking him I can see him becoming a very key player in CTC’s system. 

    He can definitely slash, has the athleticism to finish at the rim, can run the floor with the best of them and rebounds well for a wing.  I expect VO to be the lock down defender down the stretch of games.  He also needs to continue to attack the rim.  He also needs to work on his free throws, this goes hand and hand with his jump shot.  If he can develop into a good ball handler and a consistent outside shooter he can take his game to the next level. 

    Every time he went up to dunk last year I got excited about what he was going to do, but I would rather him just get the points than to make the spectacular play. 

    Although Mo Creek is only a year older than him I think that he has taken VO under his wing and VO will benefit greatly from this.  Mo Creek, when healthy, was a pretty good shooter.  I think VO will have a breakout year and we will be quite surprised by his play.

    ~22 min/game
    10 pts/game  5 rebs/game  ~1.4 ast/game  (dunks galore)
    55% 2-pt average  35% 3-pt average  75% FT average

    His highlight reel for next years HH will be sick!!

  • Off topic, but can anyone who has premium on  peegs or scout tell me what’s being said by Gary about HH this past weekend? I haven’t heard anything.

  • Beat Kentucky

    Is Calbert allowed to help with skills and coaching as the director of bball ?


    I think that the players that are coming in 2012 and players like Vic Will Cody and Remy , there will be enough depth and SPEED that the minutes will be there . The ” HURRYING HOOSIERS ” will be back and will wear down other teams …. Regaurdless of wins and losses IU will be one of the most exciting and entertaining teams to watch …CANT WAIT !!

  • Onceafink

    Gotta love this kid! Hope to see some nice improvements this year!

  • Anonymous

    My admittedly limited understanding of it is that players can come to him and ask for help/advice/tips/etc, but he can’t actively coach in practice.

    I could very well be wrong.

  • Anonymous

    I want to know, too, but unwilling to pay for a premium account when I have ITH. However, that’s pretty unethical to post such things and Alex and co. frown on such behavior. If it’ll make you feel better, my friend works with Buss and he says GH is coming to IU! Ha, gotta love those third hand sources…

  • Premium information from other sites isn’t fair game to be posted here in the comments.

  • Anonymous

    I know this is off topic but this was from Jody Demling’s blog about Derek Willis:
    I really like Purdue, but then again I really like Indiana too,” Willis said. “And then Kentucky and Louisville. It really changes day-to-day.”
    Louisville: “It was a lot of fun to watch (the scrimmage). I was a little disappointed in the turn out by the fans, but other than that it was just fine.”

  • Haha didn’t think that one through, my apologies. I just haven’t heard anything.

  • There’s really nothing to hear to be honest. He’s going to take all of his visits and then make a decision.

  • Excited to see VO’s impact this season. This isn’t anything groundbreaking, but assuming CZ is close to as advertised and everyone improves, then I think the real 3 keys to making a “leap” this season as far as player development are:


    If VO and Sheehey have improved as reported and if Elston can become healthy and consistently close to how he ended his freshmen year, then we could have a pretty exciting season on our hands. 

  • Anonymous

    VO is rugged, IU needs more guys like him. 

  • jaywiz

    What gets me is that the 2009 class was supposed to be the guys who really made a difference. Im not knocking those guys by any means. But it’s gonna be the two 2010 guys that have really added another element to the team as a whole. I mean,…. who woulda thunk two out of state 3 star guys would have been this great? Good sign for CTC. It isn’t all about rankings folks.

  • Anonymous

    There is very little doubt that Zeller, Watford and Hulls are the stars
    of this team. If any one of the three can become a top 5 All-Big 10
    player, this will be a good (20+ win) season. Vic and Will are the next
    best players and have to get 22-25 minutes/game on the floor each.
    Elston and Pritchard have to do it on the floor, “being 6’9” is no
    longer good enough. Derek could be great, but can he develop the mental
    side of his talent? Verdell can show that he is the senior leader that
    we have desperately needed for the last three years. If he can accept
    lesser “billing” but play great, then this can be a special season.
    Austin and Remy have to bring it all and bring it hard every second on
    the floor. They each have some real talent that Indiana has sorely
    needed. I hope that Matt Roth hits 50% of his 3’s because if he can’t
    Danny Moore might. Danny does a lot of good things in short stretches.
    No more excuses now for Coach Crean, it is win NOW time! We miss and
    love you Mo Creek and want to see you play again at 100%! GO IU!