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

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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.

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

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Periodically throughout the season, 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 latest update:

· Victor Oladipo, Orlando Magic
Stats: 13.5 points, 4.3 rebounds, 3.9 assists, 1.6 steals in 31.5 minutes per game

Notes: Oladipo participated in the BBVA Rising Stars Challenge last Friday at NBA All-Star weekend and finished with 13 points, five rebounds and five assists for Team Webber, which fell to Team Hill, 142-136. The former IU star remains in the hunt for the league’s rookie of the year award with Philadelphia’s Michael Carter-Williams, the current front runner, and Utah’s Trey Burke. He has struggled, however, coming out of the All-Star break with just a total of 10 points in losses to Cleveland and Milwaukee.

Notable recent performance: 23 points, four rebounds and four assists in a 93-92 win over Indiana on Feb. 9.

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

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Periodically throughout the season, 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 latest update:

· Victor Oladipo, Orlando Magic
Stats: 13.7 points, 4.4 rebounds, 3.9 assists, 1.5 steals in 31.8 minutes per game

Notes: Oladipo currently sits at No. 2 on NBA.com’s “Rookie Ladder” rankings, just behind Philadelphia guard Michael Carter-Williams. His minutes and scoring are up since our last update and it currently appears to be a three-man race for Rookie of the Year with Oladipo, Carter-Williams and Utah’s Trey Burke as the contenders.

Notable recent performance: 35 points, eight assists and four rebounds in a 128-125 triple overtime loss to Chicago on Jan. 15. Oladipo played 57 minutes.

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A look at how members of IU’s 2012-2013 Big Ten championship team are performing in the pros

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Periodically throughout the season, 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 first update:

· Victor Oladipo, Orlando Magic
Stats: 13.1 points, 4.4 rebounds, 3.6 assists, 1.5 steals in 30.2 minutes per game

Notes: Oladipo’s most recent effort was a strong one as he scored 22 points and added eight rebounds and five assists in a loss to the Los Angeles Clippers. The former IU All-American has started 16 of Orlando’s 34 games, but has struggled at times with turnovers. That said, he was named the Eastern Conference rookie of the month for December and is a major piece of the ongoing rebuilding effort for the Magic.

Best game: 26 points, 10 rebounds and 10 assists in a 126-125 double overtime loss at Philadelphia on Dec. 3. Oladipo played 52 minutes.

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Hulls, Elston prepare to travel overseas

IUJackITH0003INDIANAPOLIS — It was all fun and games Thursday night at Cardinal Ritter High School. An Indiana alumni team consisting of Jordan Hulls, D.J. White and others played a Purdue alumni club made up of JaJuan Johnson, David Teague, among others.

The pace was fast, the defense was non-existent, and the result, meaningless.

Well, maybe not for Hulls.

The former Indiana guard missed four consecutive jump shots down the stretch, allowing Purdue to sneak away with a 110-106 win before a capacity crowd.

After shaking hands with his teammates and flashing a mostly obligatory smile, Hulls retrieved the game ball, and continued to shoot 3-pointers before another one went in.

Not much has changed for Hulls.

“I was like, ‘Really, Jordan?,’” his mother, Joni, said afterward.

For Hulls and teammate Derek Elston, Thursday night was the last fun exhibition game before life in the real world begins. Both have signed professional contracts overseas — Hulls in Poland and Elston in Malta — and will depart in August (Hulls) or September (Elston).

“I’m not counting down the days,” Hulls said. “It’s a business now so you have to take care of your business, make sure you’re in shape, getting workouts in. Go over there and enjoy it, but be prepared for whatever happens because it’s a little bit different than what we’re used to.”

The recently-engaged Hulls admitted heading to Poland will make planning a wedding a little more difficult. He will leave the United States on Aug. 18, and his fiancé won’t be going with him.

“She’ll probably visit me a couple times through the year,” Hulls said. “We’ll make it work.”

Elston doesn’t have a fiancé to worry about, but he will face similar challenges in Malta. The former Indiana forward has spent a lot of time since the season working on his jump shot, and it looked quite good on Thursday night. The Tipton native made a number of deep 3-pointers against the Purdue alums.

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HD Video: Elston, Hulls discuss professional futures

INDIANAPOLIS — Derek Elston and Jordan Hulls will soon begin the next step in their basketball careers as professionals.

Elston will leave for Malta next month and Hulls for Poland later this month. Inside the Hall caught up with both players last night following the Knox Indy Pro-Am at Cardinal Ritter for an update on what’s next as they prepare to head overseas:

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Derek Elston signs professional contract to play in Malta

121912aiFormer Indiana forward Derek Elston became the fourth player from last season’s Big Ten championship team to sign a professional contract earlier this week when the Tipton native inked a deal to play in Malta.

Here’s an official release from IU on the signing, including comments from Tom Crean and Elston:

BLOOMINGTON, Ind. – Derek Elston, who will earn his Master’s Degree in Sport Administration from Indiana University this summer, has signed a professional contract with Floriana Francesco Fenech Greens in the Maltese Powerade League in Malta, an island located south of Italy in the Mediterranean Sea.

“We are excited that Derek has this opportunity,” Indiana head coach Tom Crean said. “He has continued to work hard since the season ended and he has developed a great spirit about himself after facing many physical challenges throughout his career. More than anything, however, Derek will leave IU this summer with two degrees in hand and for that, we are extremely proud.”

The Maltese Powerade League begins in October and runs into May. Last year, Floriana won the regular season title and defeated Athleta in a decisive fifth game of the playoff finals to claim their first-ever league championship in the 35 years the team has existed.

“The first thing that went through my mind was relief in being able to keep playing basketball and to live a dream of playing basketball professionally,” Elston said. “I couldn’t stop smiling after I signed that contract. They have really been telling me that they wanted me on their team. I was waiting on a couple other options to see if they would work out. But when they didn’t, they were quick to let me know that they were behind me 100 percent and told me that they wanted me. So I said yes and they sent me a contract and we got it done.”

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