An updated look at members of IU’s 2012-2013 Big Ten championship team in the pros

  • 03/19/2014 2:54 pm in

Periodically throughout their seasons, we’ll take a look at how members of IU’s 2012-2013 Big Ten championship team are performing in both the NBA and professional leagues around the world. Here’s our March update:

· Victor Oladipo, Orlando Magic
Stats: 13.8 points, 4.3 rebounds, 4.1 assists, 1.5 steals in 31.7 minutes per game

Notes: Oladipo and the Magic aren’t in the NBA playoff race, but he is in a battle with Philadelphia’s Michael Carter-Williams for the Rookie of the Year award. Carter-Williams is the leader at this point and Oladipo missed a couple of games since our last update with an ankle injury, which certainly didn’t help his cause. Regardless of who wins the award, it’s hard to look at Oladipo’s debut NBA season as anything less than a success when you look at the numbers he’s been able to put up from an individual standpoint.

Notable recent performance: 15 points, six assists and three rebounds in a 105-101 loss to Washington on March 14.

· Cody Zeller, Charlotte Bobcats
Stats: 5.5 points, 4.2 rebounds, 1.2 assists in 16.8 minutes per game

Notes: The Bobcats are one of the better stories in the NBA this season thanks to the addition of Al Jefferson and first-year coach Steve Clifford. And while he’s only been a role player this season, Zeller is a part of the turnaround this season in Charlotte. After being criticized for his play early in the season, the Indiana native has come on strong recently and has scored in double figures in six of his last 13 games. While some may have expected bigger numbers right away from the No. 4 pick in the draft, Zeller’s role as a rookie has been something he’s enjoyed. “It’s fun being a role player for a change, just to be an energy guy and come in and try to make an impact from that way instead of being the mean scorer like I’ve been in college and high school,” he told Inside the Hall recently.

Notable recent performance: 10 points, eight rebounds and three assists in a 105-93 win over Minnesota on March 14.


· Christian Watford, Hapoel Eilat (Israel)
Stats: 9.6 points, 4.9 rebounds, 1.1 steals, 1 assist in 26.7 minutes per game

Notes: Watford’s production has tailed off a bit over the last month as the former IU forward hasn’t scored in double figures since Feb. 10. His team, however, is tied for fourth in the Winner League at 14-9 and has six regular season games remaining.

Notable recent performance: Nine points, five rebounds and two blocks in a 78-70 win over Hapoel Holon on March 2.


· Jordan Hulls, Energa Czarni (Poland)
Stats: 9.4 points, 3.4 assists, 2.8 rebounds, 1.2 steals in 23 minutes per game

Notes: Hulls, a recent guest on Podcast on the Brink, has scored in double figures in four straight games for Energa Czarni, which is 11-10 and in fourth place in the Polish Basketball League. His team, however, is just 1-3 over that stretch despite his hot shooting from the floor (60.7 effective field goal percentage over last four).

Notable recent performance: 14 points, four assists and three rebounds in a 71-63 win over AZS Koszalin on Mar. 16.

Editor’s note: We’ve been unable to locate any recent stats for Derek Elston, who is playing professionally in Malta. If you have stats for Elston, please send them to

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  • inLinE6

    Great update. But a bit depressing too – we had nothing left as a legacy from this past season.

  • wakajawaka

    Very happy to see these guys putting up good numbers for their respective teams.

    I must say that watching Victor’s highlight reel against the Knicks brings tears of pride and joy to mine eyes.

  • Wow. The improvement never slows down with Victor. Imagine if we could have had this Victor 2 years ago on the 11-12 team. We virtually had no true ball handler that could handle pressure.

  • IUDan

    Here’s the kind of legacy a guy like Vic has . . . last summer I was driving my son (9) and a friend to soccer camp – they were talking about sports and my son was asking who he likes in college basketball – he mentioned he watches OSU (we live in Columbus, OH) and likes Aaron Craft . . my son – not realizing most people in Columbus don’t have the tie to IU we do – asked him “who is your favorite player for Indiana?” Suddenly his friend lit up and said “O-LA-DEE-PO!”

    I told his mom to give him an extra cookie that day, ’cause that is a smart young man! I thought it was very cool for a kid with no tie to IU at all, and not from a family of basketball junkies, knew Vic. So glad he came to IU.

  • Victors work ethic is probably the most impressive thing I saw in him. There are plenty of kids on our current roster who could greatly benefit from as much time in the gym as Vic. I have no doubt Zeller will excel at the NBA level as well.

  • Snookafly

    I just tweeted Derek Elston. He said: “Unfortunately my season is over.”

  • kaponya44

    I was just sitting here in hindsight of what this group did and could have done ..Then I looked at my Bracket and see undefeated Wichita St…Then glance at MSU who is looking really strong all of a sudden..I keep returning to one conclusion…The decision by Gary Harris to go to MSU ultimately registers as a huge recruiting failure… Indiana could have in all reality went undefeated and won the National Championship last season ultimately on one kid’s choice of school..I will go as far as to say would have…Anyone else agree?

    I will always wonder why(other than Izzo being a tremendous coach and MSU’s success) Harris ultimately thought it best to do otherwise when he could have meshed so well with the guys this story is about…I understand there is no point in dwelling but if you actually consider what may have been had just one more Indiana kid stayed and went to Indiana it hurts a little ….Okay a lot …..It will really sting if Sparty puts another typical run together but somehow wins it this year.

    All of that aside ,this group will remain among my favorites of all time .Thanks for the good memories and for coming to IU !

  • JetpackJunky

    Did you tweet back “same thing here”?

  • Alford Bailey

    Vic, that right hand is no fair.

  • MillaRed

    Alex putting Cody and Victor in our heads is cruel. Im sitting in Chicago at a bar and tears are falling in my beer. Not cool.

  • Brian Goodman

    Still searching for a flaw in victor oladipo as a human being

  • chris

    Elston’s most recent statline…24/7 smiles…8 out of 10 on his tan…maybe a new tattoo

  • iuoiu

    Well a true recruiting failure would have been if Gary had chosen Indiana State, or some other school that realistically didn’t have a shot of making any kind of title run. Or even worse chosen a factory of cheating…

    Losing Gary to Izzo and MSU stunk, but ultimately he’s still getting the chance to play for big stakes this year so good for him. Still wish he was a Hoosier but glad he’s doing well anyway.

  • iuoiu

    Different players, different rate of progression (Calbert was great from day one essentially), slightly different eras, but yeah, they both emulate what we love from Indiana basketball. If I were to choose the players who had the biggest impact on our program, they would both be in the top five for sure (I’d add in Alford, May, and Thomas to that crowd). And if you were to choose the player who showed the biggest improvement Vic is alone on top of that mountain for sure.

  • aHoopandaPrayer

    I love Victor… favorite IU basketball player ever.