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POTB 125: Hoosiers in the NBA with Matt Dollinger

Podcast on the Brink is back for another episode with host Jerod Morris of The Assembly Call. The show is currently available weekly. You can access a full archive of episodes here.

In this edition of the show, Morris and Inside the Hall editor Alex Bozich are joined by Sports Illustrated NBA editor Matt Dollinger to talk Hoosiers in the NBA and also some Hoosiers who could be picked in June’s NBA draft.

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Q & A: Victor Oladipo on IU, his NBA career and more

LOUISVILLE, Ky. – Former Indiana All-American Victor Oladipo is entering his third NBA season with the Orlando Magic and earlier this week, he was at the KFC Yum! Center for a preseason game against the Miami Heat.

Following shootaround on Wednesday afternoon, Oladipo spoke to Inside the Hall and other assembled media about a variety of topics. We’ve transcribed some of those comments below in a Q & A format:

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Getting better all the time: Tom Crean’s culture of player development

As Tom Crean built his first Indiana recruiting classes, he sold his future vision of the program. Winning would be scarce to start. But stick with the hard-working culture and the long hours that come with it, and the on-court success would come.

Within that culture is an attention to detail on all aspects of a basketball player. Add it up year over year and Crean has shown a strong suit for player development. It’s been a major foundation for his program building at Marquette and Indiana.

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Ranking the top 10 players of the Tom Crean era

It’s late June, recruiting won’t heat up until a couple of weeks into July and thus, there’s finally some time to dig into one of the list ideas we’ve been kicking around in recent weeks for offseason content. 

As we enter season eight of Tom Crean’s time in Bloomington, it’s time for our ranking of the top 10 players to play for the Hoosiers in his tenure:

10. James Blackmon Jr. (2014-present)

It will interesting to see where Blackmon Jr. ultimately ends up if this list is reexamined when his career is over. But as it stands, it’s hard to warrant placing him higher given that he’s played just one season. Still, Blackmon Jr. accomplished a lot offensively in his first season. He ranked sixth in the country among all freshman in scoring at 15.7 points per game and was an honorable mention All-Big Ten selection. He also set the freshman record for 3-pointers made in a season (77), breaking a mark set by Eric Gordon. If Blackmon Jr. continues the scoring pace he exhibited as a freshman and stays until he’s a junior, he’s going to go down as one of the better backcourt scorers to ever play for the Hoosiers.

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Oladipo on Bryant: “He’s gonna be a huge help”

Former Indiana All-American and current Orlando Magic guard Victor Oladipo was courtside for Friday night’s Jordan Brand Classic at the Barclays Center.

Oladipo, who averaged over 17 points in his second NBA season, is a Jordan Brand athlete, along with Cody Zeller and Noah Vonleh.

In an interview with ESPN2 during the broadcast for the Jordan Brand Classic, Oladipo was asked for his thoughts on class of 2015 big man Thomas Bryant, who committed to the Hoosiers earlier this month.

“I thought they did a great job (this past season), but we do need an inside presence,” Oladipo said. “They need an inside presence, especially defensively, someone to protect the paint and rebound. So he’s going to be big for us. He’s gonna be a huge help.”

Bryant finished with 11 points and eight rebounds for the East team, which fell 118-116 to the West, in the Jordan Brand Classic.

He was 5-of-10 from the field, 0-of-3 on 3-pointers and 1-of-2 from the free throw line.

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Recapping the regular season for Hoosiers in the NBA

The NBA’s regular season is complete and just one of the four Hoosiers currently in the league, Eric Gordon, is on a playoff team. Here’s a look at how Victor Oladipo, Cody Zeller, Gordon and Noah Vonleh fared this season:

· Victor Oladipo, Orlando Magic
Stats (72 games): 17.9 points, 4.2 rebounds, 4.1 assists, 1.7 steals in 35.7 minutes per game

Notes: Oladipo had an injury setback early in the season, but recovered nicely for a very solid sophomore season in the NBA. His scoring average was up more than four points per game and his shooting percentage was up as well – although there’s plenty of work to do in terms of improving efficiency. In Oladipo and Elfrid Payton, the Magic have one of the more intriguing young backcourts in the league, but more changes are coming for this franchise in the offseason as Jacque Vaughn was let go in-season and the team has yet to hire a permanent replacement.

Quotable: “This is temporary. So that’s motivation in itself. This year — we just need to use it as fuel and fire and go out and work this summer, and this summer needs to be all about winning. We need to come back and have that mentality to do whatever it takes to win.” – Oladipo after Orlando’s final regular season game.

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Video: Victor Oladipo in Sprite Slam Dunk

Former Indiana All-American and Orlando Magic guard Victor Oladipo finished second in last night’s Sprite Slam Dunk at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn. Minnesota Timberwolves rookie Zach LaVine won the contest.

Here’s a look at several of Oladipo’s dunks, including a reverse 360 that earned him perfect scores:

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Podcast on the Brink: SI.com NBA editor Matt Dollinger

Podcast on the Brink is back for another episode with host Jerod Morris of The Assembly Call.

Morris is joined by SI.com NBA editor and former Podcast on the Brink host Matt Dollinger to discuss a variety of topics, including:

· Dollinger’s perspective on how IU has performed so far this season
· His November column for SI on the IU program, Tom Crean and Mike Davis
· NBA potential for Yogi Ferrell, James Blackmon Jr. and Troy Williams
· The development of Cody Zeller this year in Charlotte
· Noah Vonleh’s decision to go pro and if it was the correct one
· Victor Oladipo’s sophomore season in Orlando and his chances in the dunk contest at All-Star weekend

So tune in and enjoy. As always, feel free to drop the show a note at jerod@assemblycall.com.

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