Oladipo, Zeller named Associated Press All-Americans

IUB1G1ITH0019Indiana junior Victor Oladipo was named a first team All-American by the Associated Press on Monday afternoon and his teammate, sophomore Cody Zeller, was named to the second team.

Oladipo becomes the first Hoosier to be named first team AP All-American since A.J. Guyton in 2000. He averaged 13.6 points, 6.4 rebounds and 2.2 steals per game and shot 59.9 percent.

He was previously named first team All-Big Ten, the Big Ten defensive player of the year and the national player of the year by The Sporting News.

“I’m kind of speechless to be with the great names in college basketball, the NBA, in basketball history,” Oladipo told the Associated Press. “To be put in a sentence with them only makes me want to work harder.”

Other first team AP All-Americans to play at Indiana include Guyton (2000), Calbert Cheaney (1993), Steve Alford (1986, 1987), Isiah Thomas (1981), Kent Benson (1976, 1977), Scott May (1975, 1976) and Don Schlundt (1954).

Zeller, who was on the AP’s preseason All-American team, averaged 16.5 points, 8.0 rebounds and 1.3 blocks and shot 56.2 percent from the field.

He was also named first team All-Big Ten last month and a third team All-American by The Sporting News.

  • atlhoosier

    great.

  • Kreigh_Smiths_Short_Shorts

    Way to go, guys! Thank you for all your hard work.

  • MillaRed

    At first look I’m thinking, “Two All-Americans and we couldn’t reach the Final Four.” But I think we all know it’s more complicated than that. Oh well, that’s another story. Really wish these guys would have been there next year. All of the pieces would have been in place.

    No doubt these guys are top 5 all-time favorite Hoosiers in no particular order. Worked hard on the floor and in the classroom, made their teammates better, brought Indiana basketball back!

    Cannot say enough thanks. Enjoyed every minute of it!

  • http://www.facebook.com/blair.mckee Blair McKee

    Awesome year. Kudos.

  • CreamandCrimson

    Congratulations to them both….they earned it and deserved it. Good luck to them both, wherever they end up playing next season and beyond.

  • Ole Man

    Congratulations and Thank You!

  • Ole Man

    Congratulations and Thank You!

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

    If Syracuse ends up being the last team both of these guys play as an Indiana Hoosier, I’ll be bummed by the way it all ended for these 2. For as much as we’re quick to criticize our players and point out their deficiencies (Zeller mainly), we both owe these guys a ton of credit for the return of Indiana basketball. As much as I’d love to see both of them return, I’m very excited for both of their pro career opportunities. Best of luck, Vic and Cody!

  • stillstoned2011

    Congrats to the players, coaches, fans and administration. This is an honor that goes beyond the stats and players’ ability. It is a reward for the entire program.

  • NevoGamer

    Well deserved.

    P.S. Come back next year!

  • http://www.facebook.com/nicholas.cotner Nicholas Allen Cotner

    Stellar players and even more stellar people

  • hoosier1158

    Since the officials don’t know what a foul is, i just heard Cody made the top 10 knockouts on UFC!

  • HOOSIERS135

    Great guys on and off the court. Hard work in the classroom, and on the court. These guys deserved this 100%!

  • Hoo Hoo Hound dog

    Wow two All Americans on the same team. Well done Vic and Cody. I firmly believe these two wont be the last All Americans to come through B-town in the next few years.

  • SCHoosier

    Outstanding..congrats to the players….and the coaches and teammates who make such awards possible. Speaks well for the future of IU b-ball.

  • HoosurDaddy

    Ok I really dont know where to start with thanking these 2 kids! I have been watching Indiana play basketball since I was 10 and when RMK got fired I thought Indiana would never get back to where it had been. I admit I was wrong!
    Mr Olidipo and Mr Zeller along with others have for lack of better words simply made it a GOOD thing to commit to Indiana again. Granted I think Zeller coming here was a HUGE factor for Indiana recruiting wise but (and this in no small but) Olidipo has shown the country and the kids coming up that you can change a program through hard work and detication! And thats what Olidipo has managed to do! Work hard and be a super star.
    No matter what these 2 young men do (stay or go) in my heart and mind they will always represent the turning point for this great basketball program and forever live in Indiana basketball!

  • The_Real_Assembly_Hall

    Congrats VO and CZ!!! Good luck in your decisions too…… buuuuut I wouldn’t be mad at you guys if you stayed. A toast to you two in regards to very prosperous careers at the time you decide to have them. I know this article is about VO and CZ but I would also like to wish Watford well, and hope I can catch you playing on tv at some point. Good luck to Jordan and Elston as well. Thanks a million guys!

  • mike

    Uh, you actually understated it. 2 All Americans, 1 more who was 3rd team All Big 10, another honorable mention All B10, another All-Freshman, another 6th Man of the Year. Definitely underachieving, no matter how much some people want to spin it.

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