2010-2011 Player Profile: Victor Oladipo

  • 10/21/2010 8:40 am in

It’s time for Inside the Hall’s player-by-player breakdown of the 2010-2011 Indiana Hoosiers. Today: Victor Oladipo.

Victor Oladipo arrives in Bloomington via DeMatha Catholic High School in Hyattsville, Maryland. For those unfamiliar with DeMatha, let me enlighten you with a few fun facts:

1. Morgan Wootten, widely considered one of the best high schools coaches of all-time and also the all-time wins leader for basketball on any level, coached there from 1956-2002. Wootten has 1,274 wins.

2. The school has produced several notable alums, including current Notre Dame coach Mike Brey, Hall of Famer Adrian Dantley, current N.C. State coach Sidney Lowe and CBS broadcaster James Brown. And this is an abbreviated list.

3. The basketball program is mentioned annually as one of the best in the country and has 34 Washington Catholic Athletic Conference titles. Oladipo starred on two of those title teams.

I present these facts not as a history lesson, but as a brief perspective on the background Oladipo is coming from prior to his arrival in Bloomington. It’s a background of winning. And it certainly jives with Tom Crean’s stance that he’ll make it a focus to recruit talented players from winning programs.

Oladipo brings a unique mix of talents that were noticeably absent from Crean’s first two Indiana teams. He is, by far, the most explosive finisher to arrive in recent years not named Eric Gordon. Fans saw a brief glimpse of his freak athleticism at last Friday’s Hoosier Hysteria when he dominated the dunk contest. He will, undoubtedly, bring Assembly Hall to its feet several times in the next four years.

But more important than his finishing ability is Oladipo’s ability to defend and rebound from the guard position. It’s no secret that IU’s defense the past two seasons left plenty to be desired. Opponents were stronger, quicker and tougher on the perimeter. Oladipo has the tools to provide an immediate upgrade as a perimeter defender. It’s also no secret that Crean wants his guards to rebound. Oladipo, from all accounts, will help immediately there as well with his length and toughness.

The questions surrounding Oladipo’s game seem to center around his ability to shoot from the perimeter and handle the ball. His perimeter shot is very sound mechanically, but he admitted in interviews last spring that he was working to gain more confidence in that area. Ball handling is another area where Oladipo should steadily improve as his career moves along.

Bottom Line: Crean has emphasized the point that he’s not interested in the incoming group of players waiting their turn for playing time. That means Oladipo, provided he enters each practice with the competitive spirit Crean is seeking, should get every opportunity for significant early minutes.

Quotable: “We targeted Victor as a young man that we wanted to pursue as a part of our restoration of the Indiana program. He comes from two great programs in DeMatha Catholic High School and Team Takeover, and has been well-coached and more importantly well-raised. We feel Victor will provide athleticism and skill, but most importantly a toughness and will to compete that enhances our program from the moment he steps on campus.” – Tom Crean

Previous Player Profiles: Tom Pritchard, Jeremiah Rivers, Christian Watford, Verdell Jones, Maurice Creek, Derek Elston, Jordan Hulls, Guy-Marc Michel

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  • IUB03

    Best case scenario: Luke Recker without the transfer, car wreck and Iowa heartbreak.
    Worst case scenario: Steve Hart with the freakish athleticism and decent defense but nothing else.

  • Dmglotz

    If all the in-state guys loved Indiana basketball just half as much as Victor, our state would be on lock-down. Above all his attributes mentioned above, I’m most impressed with his passion for Indiana. The kid is from Maryland! Victor will end up being one of those unforgettable IU players. Thanks for coming Vic!

  • Could play a similar role to bobby wilkerson who played with the mighty quinn and in the nba – especially with the shooter we already have.

  • Greg Amstutz

    They do love IU basketball, it just that nobody recruits them, Until 2014? Hummel,Johnson, Etwaun Moore, Harangody, All the Zellers, Plumlee’s, They all grew up here loving IU basketball, and IU didn’t recruit ONE of them. Instead we got Daniel Moore. WOW

  • JerryCT

    I am not sure what I like more about him a) his athletic ability or b) his attitude.

    He actually makes me think of Rivers in the following way;

    1) Rivers was pretty good when we played fast and Creek kept up with him. If JR went to the hole and D collapsed he had an outlet , if the D played him straight they fouled him

    2) As we slowed down ( after Creek injury ), as he hit the floor hard for his 100+ time , and we were losing his floor game looked disinterested or beaten down

    3) yet in the last 10 games he hit 78+% from the stripe and 47% from the field

    What does this have to do with VO ? …………. VO’s attitude will help prevent disinterest and his speed along w WS enables us to keep speed in the game at all times

  • RichardB

    The kid is straight-out exciting to watch. I am glad that Coach has targeted defense and rebounding from the guards. I hope that his toughness and athleticism will translate to those areas. Decision-making is something of an unknown with him. I fully expect him to have his share of frosh mistakes, but I’m all for developing him this year.

    One comment that I want to make about Jeremiah Rivers. Recruits and, more importantly, parents of recruits are looking at how Coach Crean has developed the players that he has. I know that Jeremiah has his own demons that he needs to battle, but he’s a blemish on Coach’s resume so far…to an extent. I am pulling for Jeremiah to have the impact that we needed out of him last year.

  • Anonymous

    I really like the idea of Vic being around to lead incoming talent during the next 3 seasons. Both CTC and a few players noted that for the past couple years, there was nobody to teach newcomers the “Indiana way.” Is there any doubt that VO will be huge in this area?

    Leadership qualities like Vic already displays may be a critical component of future deep tourney runs.

  • Bleeding Crimson

    I can’t think of another player on our current roster that I can’t wait until he takes the court.
    I’m more excited about Victor due to the fact what he brings to the team. His athletic ability is just a plus but his attitude will enlighten the team in every aspect across the board. It will spread like a wild fire waiting to unleash. Something that this team only had just in spurts. If you noitced Victor was the high scorer on HH night.

  • Anonymous

    Victor Oladipo ( vic-ter ola-dee-po) 1) to have high passion 2) to exhibit or have unusually high athletic ability 3) method of exciting those around a person 4) someone believed to have tremendous potential; synonym – team improvement ( I know a synonym is supposed to be just one word )

    In non dictionary language, he will make us better as a team and the sky may just be the limit for him. You’re just what the doctor Vic. Thanks for coming to IU and don’t worry about the rims we have plenty of extra ones.

  • he’ll be one of the best players on the team this year. he’s a man child. i would love to see VJIII, MoCreek, VO, Elston and GUY on the court at the same time.

  • MillaRed

    Looks like Roy Williams was in Washington today watching Cody. Go home and coach your crappy team Roy.

  • Baseball Montgomery Buc

    I think Vic might end up being the hardest worker on the team. Crean does such a good job in recruiting winners. Vic is a winner, but he’s also very humble and very competitive. The thing I like most about Vic is his toughness, he is fearless and you need that type of player in the Big 10. I think his competitiveness in practice if nothing else, is going to push other players to perform at a high level. He could end up being on the all big 10 defensive team before he finishes his career.

  • Tjdarts

    Sounds like a combination of Chris Reynolds and AJ Moye. He will definitely be one of the faithfuls favorites. If his shooting develops, what kind of player could he become. WOW!

  • Maybe Roy was listening to the Dan Dakich show yesterday and panicked? If Roy was honest about the playing time Cody would have at UNC over the next couple of years, I don’t think CZ would even need his official visit to IU; he’d verbal to Crean today.

  • Plane1972

    Come on, man. Don’t trash Daniel Moore. The kid has given everything to the program and has worked his arse off.

  • MillaRed

    I agree. I welcome the day IU is once again a powerhouse and goes into his
    backyard to pluck a recruit.

  • Anonymous

    Bad news–Jimmy Rayl wasn’t at Hoosier Hysteria at all, as far as I can tell. And though Archie Dees was actually listed on the autograph charts (saying where each person was in AH), he wasn’t actually at his table.

  • Anonymous

    I watched the HH scrimmage video and the thing that most impressed me was VO’s pull up 3 pointer near the start of the video. He calmly took a few dribbles and then pulled up and drained it. If he can make opponents respect his 3 point shot he can become a very good player.

  • Jeremy-hayes

    You can’t teach athleticism but fundamental you can teach. Vic can work on his ball handling and his jump shot. if he can get consistent in those two areas he could become a good player.

  • Andrewwil1053

    Where did you find the scrimmage at?

  • IU_Fan_99

    12:36 Central Time…. Dan is back-tracking a little bit on his Cody statement… he’s saying it’s not a lock, Indiana can still screw it up. But in his opinion, Cody is coming to IU… “I think he’s going to Indiana, unless at the official visit something goes wrong like what happened with Tyler”… he’s not going to go into every single factor as to why he thinks Cody is coming to IU.


  • real fan

    you clearly know nothing about basketball or recruiting

  • Outoftheloop

    Victor Oladipo is going to be a GREAT Indiana basketball player. He will be better than Jim Thomas of the Isiah Thomas NCAA Championship team. We are so fortunate to get to watch him perform for the next 4 years! He will be an inspiration to every potential recruit that we want to come to IU and a tremendous ambassador for Indiana Basketball! NO ONE get’s the “Because It’s Indiana” slogan more than Vic!

  • Stick It

    I heard that same thing. I for one don’t think Cody is going to IU, but I sure do hope that I’m wrong.

  • Outoftheloop

    I assume you KNOW that what you wrote is a lie! It is well documented that IU did recruit Tyler and Cody Zeller; IU did recruit Mason Plumlee; When the Big Three started at Purdue as the Big Four with Scott Martin-who transferred to Notre Dame after 1 year, which was 2007-08, IU had a pretty good class of recruits as well-Eric Gordon, Jordan Crawford, Brandon McGee, Eli Holman, Jamarcus Ellis, and DeAndre Thomas (that would be two guys already in the NBA now, not three guys hoping in the future after being told not to come out early). Danny Moore was a walk-on for the 2008-09 season, and has worked his tail off for IU Basketball! On this site no one gets away with just making up obvious lies.

  • banner6

    I heard that Victor Olapido once challenged Superman to a dunk contest. Superman refused, because he didn’t think he had the hops to hang with Vic. Just what I heard…

  • Outoftheloop

    That is “HIGH” praise. Bobby Wilkerson is the GREATEST athlete EVER to play basketball at Indiana! He jumped center, not 7′ Kent Benson, and got 24 rebounds in the NCAA Final Four!

  • Outoftheloop

    Good call on Rivers for the last 10 games.

  • Outoftheloop

    I really hope that Coach Crean tries a group of Rivers, Oladipo and Sheehey with two others-like Watford and Elston-as a running, pressure, all-out, high tempo, attacking team for 15 min/game to run the opponents out of the gym!

  • Anonymous

    That was something, wasn’t it? Benson was actually 6’11” …but what the heck’s the difference really? Wilkerson had some hops for sure. So did A.J. Moye..i was always amazed the be grabbing boards instead of George Leach or Jeff Newton.

  • I think Dan was reaching for a towel in case he has to wipe egg off his face.

    At this point, CZ’s official visit is a formality of sorts; he knows the coach and his staff, he knows the players, he’s already visited the Kelley School of Biznash, he’s been to open gyms, he’s been to a football game… there’s not much more for him to do. So, what I’m trying to say is: what, exactly, could go wrong on this visit? Unless Crean is like, “I want to redshirt you and then start you at point guard in 2012,” I don’t think Cody is going to see/hear anything different than he’s already seen/heard.

  • jgongora86

    We do have the greatest music program in the nation. Also really good opera and arts program. How about that?

  • cooper

    He will probably be the top rebounder on the team. I worry about the offense this year though. IU doesn’t have enough scorers for him not to produce on the offensive end which I think is going to limit his minutes this year.

    He and Rivers in the backcourt would be a great duo if the team decides to run, would play good D too

  • Anonymous

    We have plenty of good scorers. It just does not feel like that’s the case because of how we finished last season. Add Creek and Roth back in the mix and we will have some high output games. Expect 20 every outing from either Mo, VJIII, or Watford. And 20 per from Creek would not be a big surprise in my book. He was at 16.4 before his injury and he has done nothing but eat, sleep and shoot around ever since. Not to mention that Elston and Jordy could easily average in double figures. That’s five guys over 10 a game, assuming they are playing like they should. With the addition of better shooters on the floor teams will be forced to stretch their defense. If our inside game develops into what it is capable of we could be tough to stop offensively. Our defense and not turning the ball over before getting a clean look at the basket are more of concern.

  • Anonymous

    If I remember correctly, wasn’t IU one of the final teams in on Harangody, as well?

  • Anonymous

    I remember Jim Thomas often jumping center, too, and he was 6’3″!

  • Baseball Montgomery Buc

    Harangody wanted to come to IU. At that time, his brother played football for IU. Mike Davis never offered him.

  • R1smock

    What did he say about it? I missed the show.

  • Dakich said Zeller to IU was “a lock.”

  • Anonymous

    Like when we got George Leach! OK, bad example.

  • Anonymous

    Mo won’t average 20 ppg this season, and may not average the 16.4 he had last year because he’ll be used somewhat sparingly to begin the season. The average to look at with him to judge his season will be what he does in conference play, since he (hopefully) should be back to full-speed and full-time by then.

  • MillaRed

    Ok that’s funny.

  • I Bleed Crimson

    We already did. His name is Peter Jurkin.

  • Anonymous

    Oh, crap, that’s right.

  • Plane1972

    The Jim Thomas comparison is terrific. I hadn’t thought of that, but you’re right. If he can rebound from the guard position and defend like Thomas, then we’ve got a winner on our hands. Both extremely athletic guys.

  • Plane1972

    Dakich is beginning to irritate me with this absolute certainty of the situation followed by hedged bets. Plus the whole “don’t screw it up like you did with Tyler” junk. None of those people are here now, so let it go. Just admit that you know slightly more than your average fan but still have absolutely no idea what is going to happen and we’ll call it a day.

  • MillaRed

    Peter is a nice get. But the hoopla surrounding Cody is out of control.
    Anxious to see this guy play though.

  • Anonymous

    Pretty much the way I’m seeing it too. CZ to IU it’s a lock and then quickly and in a whisper,” but that’s just my gut feeling ” or throwing in the ” if he doesn’t come it cause you guys screwed up the official visit, cause there was no way I was just blowing smoke on this one “. Can anyone say ratings. DD is an IU guy and all…..so all the more reason if he’s after a ratings boost he should choose another topic to do pull this kind of BS with.

  • Anonymous

    Pretty much the way I’m seeing it too. CZ to IU it’s a lock and then quickly and in a whisper,” but that’s just my gut feeling ” or throwing in the ” if he doesn’t come it cause you guys screwed up the official visit, cause there was no way I was just blowing smoke on this one “. Can anyone say ratings. DD is an IU guy and all…..so all the more reason if he’s after a ratings boost he should choose another topic to do pull this kind of BS with.

  • Kncbergmann

    6’3″, 200 lbs. Had about a 40 inch vertical, and was also the strongest player on the team (no mean feat given Tolberts strength). I’m not sure if he was faster than Isaih, but if he wasn’t, he was a very close second. After his senior year he was drafted in nba, mlb, and nfl, and if I remember right, hadn’t played organized baseball since his freshman year in high school. GREAT all around athlete!