Oladipo reacts to being named Sporting News player of the year

IUMinnITH0012On Monday night, Michigan’s Trey Burke edged Victor Oladipo in the Big Ten player of the year voting.

Just a day later, Oladipo earned an award of his own.

The Sporting News named the Indiana junior the national player of the year on Tuesday. Cody Zeller was named the preseason player of the year by the publication.

“It’s an amazing feeling,” Oladipo said Tuesday afternoon. “It’s a blessing and I couldn’t have done it without my teammates. I appreciate the award.”

Oladipo averaged 13.7 points and 6.2 rebounds per game during the regular season while shooting 61 percent from the field and 46 percent from beyond the arc. He also averaged 2.2 steals per game and was named the Big Ten’s defensive player of the year on Monday night.

Oladipo said he didn’t spend much time thinking about the award after he heard about it.

“Just thinking about getting in the gym and working on my game, that’s kind of the first thing that came to by head when I saw the news,” Oladipo said. “I just want to get better. It’s nice to be recognized, but one, I couldn’t be here without my teammates and two, I feel like I still need to get better in so many areas.”

IU’s last Sporting News player of the year winner was Calbert Cheaney in 1993.

Since 1996, sixteen of the last seventeen Sporting News player of the year award winners have gone on to win the Wooden Award.

  • http://www.facebook.com/gregory.spera.3 Gregory Spera

    Headline: “Oladipo, not Burke, named Sporting News’ National Player of the Year.”

  • unclekerfuffle

    Victor is yet another example of the type of person we want to represent us, on and off the court. Kudos, Vic.

  • MillaRed

    OK peeps, I’m going very slow here because this is really, really hard for you to understand……..

    Victor Oladipo is the SN National POY.

    By my estimation, 78% of the SN POY’s win the Naismith award.

    One could figure VO is the best player in college basketball, right?

    But you see, VO is not the best player in the Big Ten. You see how this works? Cause I sure the H don’t.

    Consider it a compliment. The coaches and media are a hatin’ on our Hoosiers. Whatever they can do to snub us. Factor in Cody not being a unanimous 1st teamer and the recipe for Sweet Bitterness is complete.

    Bring in the Naismith so we can rub it in their faces, Better yet another banner. I volunteer to drag it to every B1G school for show & tell.

  • N71

    Incredible accomplishment from when he was a Freshman. Not sure I can think of anyone who has come so far so quickly.

  • b_side

    Can’t say all the media are haters…after all, the Sporting News is a media source. But SN is a national media member whereas I assume the media voting on B1G POY were B1G media like Terry Hutchens of IndyStar (not saying he’s a hater, but for comparison purposes).

  • CreamandCrimson

    Congratulations to Victor for this tremendous accomplishment.

    Also, congratulations to his teammates and coaches for helping him get to where he is and his. Well done Victor! Let’s go get some more awards (MOP in the tournament, MOP in the Final Four, banner #6).

  • IU80

    Take away the bias and you have … truth.

  • Oladipope

    I think Oladipo should have won big ten player of the year.

    That
    being said, could the Big Ten player of the year only count for the Big
    Ten games? If this is ture it could make sense for the players to be
    different.

  • Oladipope

    I think Oladipo should have won big ten player of the year.

    That
    being said, could the Big Ten player of the year only count for the Big
    Ten games? If this is ture it could make sense for the players to be
    different.

  • Niles

    Big Ten player of the year means very little IMO.

  • http://twitter.com/drewlyon__ Drew Lyon

    Most people would soak it in, certainly make sure to tell a whole lot of people, and walk around with a ridiculous smile on their face. I can’t blame them, I’d do that as well. But Victor’s reaction? “Yeah, I’m just gonna head to the gym, continue working on my game. I still have so many areas to improve on.” Not only is this guy confident at all times, but exceptionally humble. We’re looking at one of the greatest players to ever walk through Indiana’s program. What a phenomenal man.

  • JD

    Bring on Illinois. Cannot wait for revenge.

  • r

    congrats to victor oladipo! what an honor! even more impressive than the award itself, is how you carry that award. simply…deserved.

  • jackson barefoot

    “Since 1996, sixteen of the last seventeen Sporting News player of the year award winners have gone on to win the Wooden Award.”

    Who was the one person who didn’t win?

  • InTheMtns

    That *is* the headline, isn’t it?

    Burke is really good and is deserving of the award, but Victor is even more deserving IMO. Burke’s stats are cited as the reason for his selection but they are all offense. When the whole game is looked at – the difference between points produced and points allowed per 100 possessions – Victor has the highest rating among the Wooden Award finalists. Victor produces 42 more points than he allows per 100 possessions. Since basketball is played on both ends of the court, that stat says to me that Victor is the POY.

  • InTheMtns

    In 2005, Sporting News gave the award to Dee Brown, point guard from
    Illinois, and the Wooden Award that season went to Utah center Andrew Bogut.

  • Katie M.

    I’m sincerely hoping that not being named B1G player of the year really makes Vic kick it into 5th gear. I hope that he goes crazy in the tourney and dominates everyone. Fuel to the fire!

  • SCHoosier

    Better defend the 3 better than we did against UM Sunday..ILL scores in streaks….and they will get hot at some point in the game. Can’t see us blowing a 14 pt lead again..but Hoosiers have to earn it.

  • marcusgresham

    The only guys I can even think of who made such progress are (H)Akeem Olajuwon and (maybe,) Hasheem Thabeet–and Thabeet still wasn’t much of an offensive presence.

  • http://www.facebook.com/simba.dutch.3 Simba Dutch

    CONGRATS V.O I’m no Indy fan but man ,once you step on the floor we all forget our favourate teams and keep our eyes glued on you doing your lil thing.Wish you the best all way.

  • IUMIKE1

    Sounds like a worthy and fun road trip, count me in if you need someone to share the driving duties. Offer to take Burke and his B1G award with us as he would be deserving of the same treatment that a certain Packers QB gets on the discount double check commercial. How we were playing towards the end of last season was enough for them to start realizing that we were probably about to start handing out the a$$ kickings instead of taking them and this year confirmed their worst fears had come true. VO not getting POY, CTC not getting B1G COY or CZ not being a unanimous 1st teamer ? Any one of those by itself would be enough to validate your point and then add in that all three happened, in this particular year, and well, it doesn’t take a rocket scientist to figure out why it happened.

  • MillaRed

    Now that I’ve had a few days to think about it, the biggest snub is Bo Ryan over Coach as B1G COY. That has “personal” written all over it. I imagine RMK lost a few votes over the years.

    I think the interesting lesson to take away from this is the simple fact that some things never change. I know it sounds cliche but this is exactly what it was like to be a Hoosier fan in the 80s, 90s, maybe some 2000’s. If you are not an IU fan, you really do not like the Hoosiers at all. Been that way for a long time. I think it’s a good sign.

    P.S. – I have 20 bucks that says Coach Crean is way ahead of Ryan on ballots for National COY.

  • FRANK

    Not only is this kid great but his talking will help bring in a few more millions when he goes PRO! ““Just thinking about getting in the gym and working on my game, that’s
    kind of the first thing that came to by head when I saw the news,”
    Oladipo said. “I just want to get better.” This will bring more millions into him when he signs! Mr Smooth. What an enjoyable young man.

  • A TRAIN

    Well done vic, that is awesome…take notice all future hoosiers i dont care wear your ranked or not ranked if your serious about puttin in the work and listening to your coaches you can do gr8 things…thanks vic for your effort n heres to future riches in the NBA.! now lets get some revenge on illinois tommorow….go iu

  • Earl Scheib

    No player is more deserving. Congrats to you Vic! It’s been a joy to watch you and this team this year. As for the anti-Hoosier bias, I’ve sensed that as well. I remember when we were whipping Duke in ’92 semis or whenever, like up by 20, and the commentary was “Indiana is playing way over their heads, Duke is self-destructing, etc,” giving us zero credit for stream rolling them. Now this latest BS. It’s like an old friend of mine who’s a Kentucky alum. We rib each other, of course. And I genuinely hate UK, probably even more than Duke. But when they won it last year and beat us, I took the high road and said they were a great team. Am I getting that back now from him? Or anyone about how good IU is this year? Naaaaah. People are in denial. They actually hate a program that stands for integrity, with academic All Americans, guys graduating in 3 years, etc. I mean, who else has a grad student in their starting line up? This all means one thing: more fuel for the fire of our awesome squad and banner #6! Go Hoosiers. Now beat Illinoy by 30 tomorrow please.

  • http://twitter.com/hoosiersmitty HoosierSmitty

    Well given he was USBWA coach of the year in a region that includes Bo Ryan and Wisconsin, I bet you’re right. Just goes with being an IU fan.

  • HoosierPat

    Oladipo is humble and hungry.

  • mjwade

    When VO just takes the ball away from a great ball handler by anticipation and reflexes, he most reminds me of MJ

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1141251683 Corey Dunigan

    A quote from the Indy Star about Indiana getting hated on by some. This says everything there is to say. “Chad Sisk, a 2007 Purdue grad from Greenfield, is suffering, too.” Enough Said. Thanks for the inside scoop Star.. a real news flash!

  • Jeffrey

    Drew couldn’t have said it better. Very well written.

  • Sarasota Hoosier

    Victor winning the POY is especially amazing given that IU is a team and not one or 2 stat grabbing individuals. 5 players averaging in double figures takes away from individual stats, which is what individual award voters typically concentrate on. Put Trey Burke on IU’s team and he is not the POY in Big Ten. Basketball is a team sport so the only important award is the one that reads 2013 NCAA Champions. Go Hoosiers!

  • Hoosier Pete

    Saw Burke play PSU in first round of the Big Ten tournament (first time seeing him live), and while he’s a terrific player, he does not impact the game like Oladipo. And a UM fan there admitted as much to me yesterday at the United Center. This is a snub because people were on the Burke hype train from Day One. They are two different players — the ball is always in Burke’s hand. He shoots a ton. That’s why he scores. Oladipo’s defense and intangibles have dominated games this year, plus his offense is outstanding and timely. I agree with Milla. CTC not winning Coach of the year and Bo Ryan? For what? Losing Gasser? Come on. CTC won road games at Breslin, Crisler and Value City this year. How many coaches have done that in the last five years? Let’s take our revenge out this weekend and win this tournament in Chicago, and then take care of business in the Dance.

  • Daren Collentine

    The guy that is always on “Big Ten and Beyond” on BTN is from Sporting News and he loves the Hoosiers and Oladipo. I wouldn’t be surprised if he swayed some voters. He is also a good analyst as well….. because he likes the Hoosiers!!

  • WatchingYogi_atYogis

    I’m in on that road trip as well. I figure we just show up at Assembly Hall after we win the national championship and ask to borrow the banner for all the road games in the B1G season next year. I’ll leave my drivers license or something as assurance that we will return it. Cannot wait to see the look on peoples’ faces when we roll up in their campus talking mad smack while waving that banner around. You did say you were a getaway driver right?

  • Daren Collentine

    Frank Williams over Haston 2000 BigTen POY. Ripoff

  • MillaRed

    Technically yes. That award is geared toward performance in conference games. But games outside of the B1G certainly could sway opinion. I would not be surprised if the overall body of work is taken into consideration, whether it’s supposed to be or not.

  • MillaRed

    I try to avoid the conspiracy theories. But sometimes it’s a matter of simple common sense. Bo Ryan did not do a better job than Tom Crean. The best team in the best conference in America. Something just isn’t right.

    The Sporting News covers every conference in America. And yes, only B1G media and coaches voted Ryan in. My contention is there is bias toward our program. And as long as voting like this happens, I will continue to feel that way.

    The Sporting News (and I assume others eventually) IMO are supporting this theory when they recognize Victor as the best player in bball.

  • HannerTime Hoosier

    Here we are as humans in the corporate world, Victor and the rest of this AWESOME Hoosier team have provided us with (my latop keyboard is OFF) highs that no drug can deliver. This team is a highlight reel and I will miss them when they depart. I am honored to have watched their success and accomplishments. Whoever had a stellar game, we are all appreciative! We may disagree with each other’s perspectives, but one thing holds true: WE LOVE OUR HOOSIERS!!! Enjoy the last 9 games of this incredible Hoosier team! Count them as I believe they will run the table! Hasta . . .

  • HannerTime Hoosier

    Here we are as humans in the corporate world, Victor and the rest of this AWESOME Hoosier team have provided us with (my latop keyboard is OFF) highs that no drug can deliver. This team is a highlight reel and I will miss them when they depart. I am honored to have watched their success and accomplishments. Whoever had a stellar game, we are all appreciative! We may disagree with each other’s perspectives, but one thing holds true: WE LOVE OUR HOOSIERS!!! Enjoy the last 9 games of this incredible Hoosier team! Count them as I believe they will run the table! Hasta . . .

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