Hulls, Oladipo to tour far east with Reach USA

  • 05/16/2011 10:48 am in

(Photo credit: Jamie Owens of J. Scott Sports)

Per IU media relations:

Bloomington, Indiana – Indiana University men’s basketball players Jordan Hulls and Victor Oladipo will join eight other Division I college basketball players on a trip to the Far East with Reach USA from May 17-31.

“I think it is a great honor to represent Indiana University in something like this,” said Hulls, who averaged 11.0 points and 2.9 assists as a sophomore. “I’m really looking forward to the experience.”

The group, coached by retired Oldham Co. (Kentucky) High School coach Gary Forrest, will be involved with a cultural exchange trip throughout the area. The team will play a club team from Lithuania, seven times, and an all-star squad from Brazil, twice. Daily updates can be found on

Other members of the group include former Hoosier Malik Story (Nevada), Justin Bocot (Southern Illinois), Austin Hollins (Minnesota), Garlon Green (TCU), Marcus Thornton (Georgia), Keith Clanton (Central Florida), Devonte Elliott (Nevada) and Eloy Vargas (Kentucky).

“This is a once in a lifetime opportunity,” said Oladipo, who averaged 7.4 points and 3.7 rebounds during his freshmen season. “I’m very humbled and honored to have the chance to play basketball and experience a trip like this at the same time.”

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  • I think that is great for both Jordan and Victor.  Offseason tournaments like this are usually a nice carryover into the beginning of the season.  I bet that Victor will be our most improved player, and most likely this offseason tournament will have gone a long way in helping him develop.  Find it interesting that former Hoosier Malik Story is on that team.  Haven’t heard much about him since he transferred.  

  • Anonymous

    I also think Oladipo is likely to be our most improved player next year. I was really impressed by how much his free throw shooting improved DURING the season. You just don’t see that often.

    I think he seems like a strong-willed guy, and hanging around Hulls will help Oladipo understand what sort of practice it takes to shoot at a high level. I think it’ll help Hulls too. I really do think they’ll push each other and help each other to get better.

  • Anonymous

    Agree with both you and Jon Robling.  Sounds like a great opportunity for some good bonding amongst two key players next year. 

  • eph521

    I guess this will squelch the transfer ‘rumors’ some have mentioned about Olidapo. Good riddance to foolish talk like that. VO is a Hoosier for life.

  • Anonymous

     Just looked it up—Story averaged 14.5 ppg, 3 rpg, and 2 apg this past season.

  • Anonymous

    If Victor simply learns that sometimes a lay up is as good as a dunk he’ll improve by two baskets a game.  I liken it to seeing some guy hit .220 because he’s trying to hit every pitch 500 feet—just take the line drive when it’s there.