If you’ve followed Victor Oladipo’s career, you already know he’s capable of breaking out in song at a moment’s notice.
There were multiple Hoosier Hysteria performances, performances at the IU Auditorium and talk from his Hoosier teammates about how often Oladipo likes to sing.
So with that said, the following clip of Oladipo singing with Regis Philbin on Crowd Goes Wild on Fox Sports 1 should come as no surprise. It’s Oladipo once again impressing us all with his vocal talents in a duet cover of “Ain’t No Sunshine.” (This, of course, isn’t Victor’s first experience with this classic.)
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Former Indiana All-American and Orlando Magic guard Victor Oladipo got his first official taste of the NBA on Tuesday night.
Oladipo, the No. 2 pick in last June’s NBA Draft, came off the bench for the rebuilding Magic and scored 12 points in a 97-87 loss to the Indiana Pacers at Bankers Life Fieldhouse.
“This was my first game. I just got here. It’s going to take time,” Oladipo told reporters afterward. “You never know what to expect.”
A strong contingent of Indiana fans showed up to watch Oladipo make his NBA debut as he signed autographs and posed for pictures before the game.
As Victor Oladipo entered the Assembly Hall media room Saturday morning for a scheduled press conference, it was like he had never left the Indiana basketball program to pursue an NBA career.
That is, until he found Indiana coach Tom Crean sitting in his typical spot, the middle of three chairs at a table overlooking the media.
“I usually sit in the middle, but it’s cool,” Oladipo said.
Oladipo’s seat wasn’t the only unfamiliar part when he spoke. This time, he was doing it as a former Hoosier and host of the Tom Crean Basketball ProCamp, along with D.J. White.
And in the four months since he had last spoken at Assembly Hall when he announced he was leaving Bloomington for the chance at a professional career, he has gone from being a college junior to a member of the Orlando Magic, selected No. 2 overall in June’s NBA draft.
“It’s kind of been a whirlwind,” Oladipo said. “They tell you that before it happens, but when you’re actually in it, it’s like ‘Whoa, they weren’t lying.’”
For Oladipo to be back in Bloomington meant it felt like business as usual for the Indiana basketball program, according to Crean. Having arrived earlier in the week, Oladipo trained in Cook Hall, participated in pick-up games and interacted with current players and recruits.
“It was really truly like he had never left. And I figured it would be like that, but then I realized when I could hear him all the way from my office through all kinds of walls and doors with him downstairs, I knew he was truly back home,” Crean said. “And then you realize how much you missed that energy and charisma.”
That energy and charisma has taken Oladipo to new heights since graduating a year early in May.
First there was draft day, where Oladipo was picked second overall, the highest for an IU player since Isiah Thomas went in the same slot in 1981. He then dominated the Orlando NBA Summer League at a new position — point guard — while averaging 19 points, 5 assists and 4.3 rebounds per game.
And to top it off, before the season even has started, ESPN’s Chad Ford projected Oladipo to be the 2013-14 NBA Rookie of the Year.