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Zeller stands out in NBA summer league

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Five former Indiana players — Cody Zeller, Victor Oladipo, Noah Vonleh, Will Sheehey and Christian Watford — participated in the NBA summer league, which concludes later today in Las Vegas.

Oladipo played in the Orlando summer league, while Watford played both in Orlando and Las Vegas. Zeller, Vonleh and Sheehey played in Vegas. Here’s a look at how all five players performed:

· Zeller, Charlotte: 15.7 points, 5.3 rebounds, 1.3 steals in 27.7 minutes per game.

The sample size was small — just three games — but the results were encouraging for Zeller, who may be in line for a bigger role following the departure of Josh McRoberts to Miami via free agency. Most impressive about Zeller’s play was his shooting from the field (58.6 percent) and the fact that he got to the line 20 times over three games.

His play was enough to draw the praise of Amin Elhassan at ESPN Insider:

Zeller has looked a lot more assertive on the floor this year and more sure of himself, and that confidence has definitely manifested itself in the box score, where he has shot an impressive 63 percent from the field (over his first two games). His combination of size and speed makes him an extremely tough cover, and he’s finding ways to get open looks around the rim by being active and taking full advantage of his physical gifts.

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Report: Oladipo named to USA Basketball select team

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Former Indiana All-American and Orlando Magic guard Victor Oladipo is among the group of players selected to compete against the USA Basketball men’s national team players at a three-day training camp in Las Vegas later this month, according to Adrian Wojnarowski of Yahoo! Sports.

Oladipo, who was the runner-up in the NBA’s rookie of the year voting this past season, averaged 13.8 points, 4.1 rebounds, 4.1 assists and 1.6 steals per game in his first professional season.

According to reports, Oladipo is expected to be joined on the select team by New York’s Tim Hardaway Jr., Phoenix’s Miles Plumlee, Brooklyn’s Mason Plumlee, Boston’s Marcus Smart, Orlando’s Tobias Harris and Chicago’s Doug McDermott.

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Video: At home with Victor Oladipo

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VICE Sports is producing a four-part series on Orlando Magic and former IU guard Victor Oladipo and the first installment, which was published this week, goes back to Maryland with Oladipo.

In the first part of the series, Oladipo, an NBA All-Rookie first team selection last season, opens up about his past and discusses his future:

Notebook: Another non-conference opponent, NBA summer league, more

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The complete 2014-2015 Indiana basketball schedule won’t be announced until the fall, but IU’s Big Ten opponents have already been confirmed as well as several non-conference contests.

The latest non-conference game to be confirmed is Grand Canyon University, which is coached by former Phoenix Suns guard Dan Majerle.

The Antelopes finished last season 15-15 overall, No. 241 in the KenPom.com rankings, No. 205 in the RPI and will visit Assembly Hall on Dec. 13.

According to AZCentral.com, Tom Crean was a student at Central Michigan when Majerle played there in the 1980s, which helped facilitate the game.

Grand Canyon, which is in the Western Athletic Conference (WAC), added 2,000 seats to its arena this offseason.

Thus far, Indiana has three neutral site non-conference games confirmed for next season in Louisville, Butler and Georgetown and five non-conference games at Assembly Hall.

The home non-conference games released so far are SMU, Pittsburgh, New Orleans, Lamar and Grand Canyon.

NBA summer league to feature several Hoosiers

We’ve already highlighted the additions of Christian Watford (Detroit, Golden State) and Will Sheehey (New York) to the NBA summer league, but each of IU’s lottery picks over the last two years will also participate.

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Video: Victor Oladipo sits down with Jim Rome

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Orlando Magic rookie and former IU All-American Victor Oladipo sat down with Jim Rome on Monday and here’s an excerpt of that appearance from CBS Sports on YouTube where Oladipo discusses the grade he’d give himself in his first NBA season:

Rookie review: Victor Oladipo

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“Rookie review” is Inside the Hall’s in-depth look at the debut NBA season for Indiana’s 2013 NBA draft lottery picks, Cody Zeller and Victor Oladipo. We’ll recap the rookie season of both players as well as look to the future both from a team and individual perspective. Next up: Oladipo. (Previously: Zeller)

Prior to his junior season at Indiana, you couldn’t find Victor Oladipo on many 2013 NBA draft boards and when you did, he was listed as a second round pick at best.

So when you call the rise to where he ended up last June “meteoric”, there’s little exaggeration. Oladipo was the No. 2 overall pick to the Orlando Magic, which was a reward for a brilliant junior season in Bloomington. It wasn’t  that Oladipo didn’t have an impact or a national profile over his first two college seasons, but his third season saw his game elevate to another level.

After last June’s draft, Oladipo found himself in the midst of a major overhaul in Orlando, a situation he compared to the one he faced his first season at Indiana. The Magic were coming off a trade of Dwight Howard to the Lakers about 10 months earlier. And still held captive by the albatross contract of Gilbert Arenas, the franchise had little choice other than to place hope in the pieces it acquired for Howard and rebuilding through the draft.

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Oladipo, Zeller earn NBA All-Rookie honors

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Former Indiana All-American and Orlando Magic guard Victor Oladipo was named to the 2013-2014 NBA All-Rookie first team, the league announced on Thursday afternoon.

Oladipo, who finished as the runner-up to Philadelphia’s Michael Carter-Williams in Rookie of the Year voting, averaged 13.8 points, 4.1 rebounds and 4.1 assists in his first NBA season.

Joining Oladipo and Carter-Williams on the NBA All-Rookie first team are Utah’s Trey Burke, Brooklyn’s Mason Plumlee and New York’s Tim Hardaway Jr.

Former Indiana forward Cody Zeller, who was drafted fourth overall in last June’s NBA draft by the Charlotte Bobcats, was named to the All-Rookie second team.

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