Victor Oladipo declares for 2013 NBA Draft

  • 04/09/2013 12:36 pm in

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UPDATE: In a news conference on Branch McCracken Court at Assembly Hall, Victor Oladipo announced that he will forgo his senior year at Indiana and enter the 2013 NBA Draft.

“It’s been an honor to play here at Indiana, to grow as a human being, as a man and as a basketball player, but I will be entering the NBA Draft,” Oladipo told reporters. “It’s a honor. To be an Indiana Hoosier means so much to me and I will always be an Indiana Hoosier. This is my home. I love this place. I love the fans, I love the people.”

Press conference audio:

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We’ll have more on this developing story.

Indiana fans won’t have to wait much longer to learn what’s next for All-American guard Victor Oladipo.

The 6-foot-5 junior from Upper Marlboro, Maryland, will announce his “future plans” in a 4 p.m. news conference today at Assembly Hall. He will be joined by Tom Crean.

The news conference will be aired live on IUHoosiers.com and BTN.com.

Oladipo averaged 13.6 points, 6.4 rebounds and 2.2 steals per game and shot 59.9 percent as a junior and was the first IU player to be named a first team Associated Press All-American since A.J. Guyton in 2000.

He was also The Sporting News national player of the year.

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  • Benhyoung14

    This doesn’t bode well if he is being joined by CTC.

  • J Smith

    Why does that matter in your mind?

  • cheeseman18

    I like the fact that he is telling us in a news conference. I think it shows that this is a serious decision for him that he has really thought about. And he respects Hoosier Nation enough to tell us his decision this way. I like this better than him just offhand telling somebody and then the word getting out to everyone else.

  • Benhyoung14

    He will. I wouldn’t hold a single thing against him even if he does declare.

  • Dagwoods

    Its fine – he deserves it. We’ll be fine as well.

  • thank you Vic for giving everything you had to Indiana basketball, you have become one of my favorite players in IU history and i look forward to watching you in the league! Good luck to you!!!

  • china423

    They’re both gone.

  • Tom S

    Among other things, because reporters will want to ask questions about his decision.
    A news conference is a far cry from a television special.

  • WhatsUpKnight

    utmost respect for the hard work he’s put in and for how much he’s meant to iu basketball over the past three years. and a personal thanks from me for that in yo face windmill dunk at the end of the scUM game.i’m still chuckling.

    let’s just hope michigan loses 4 of their starters too. and hope that msu loses harris and payne. and that the pUKe recruits are over-hyped again this year.

  • The Indy Star is saying that “sources” confirm that he’ll be announcing that he’s going pro. Not a shock, of course, but there was still a tiny sliver that hoped he’d return.

  • esapata

    This is kind of standard operating procedure now for potential lottery picks. I’d be more surprised if he didn’t get a conference. IU needs to keep up with the joneses if we want to keep recruiting potential NBA talent. How the program handles stuff like this matters for our image.

  • I would think that if they are doing it together, both are gone.

  • calbert40

    I think it shows a lot of class that Vic and Cody are making their plans known basically immediately following the national title game. They want the decision over with quickly and the IU program and fans to be able to move on as quickly as possible.

    Regardless of their decisions, I think they have represented Indiana extremely well to this point both on and off the court, and I wish both the best in the future whether it be wearing Indiana across their chests or not.

  • inLinE6

    I like the idea of separate press conferences. Because they both deserve an individual press conference. And that also gets extra attention on IU basketball, which benefits the program as well. I’m sure a lot of future recruits are watching.

  • CreamandCrimson

    Congratulations to both Victor and Cody…no matter what they decide. I selfishly hope Cody announces he is coming back but if he feels it’s time to go, I wish him the best and I will pull for him to keep succeeding.

    Victor, thanks for representing Indiana both on the court and off. You’re always a Hoosier and best of luck in the NBA and beyond.

  • ESPN has just reported he’s entering the NBA draft………

  • IUfanPurduePhD

    A national championship — or at least a Final Four — would’ve cemented him as my favorite Hoosier of all time. He’s still on my Mount Rushmore regardless.

  • Ok, I like all your points. @cheeseman18:disqus @esapata:disqus @TomSimpson:disqus

  • Florida Hoosier Girl

    Best of luck, Victor! We will miss your energy and the spirit of fun your bring to the game. Hope you end up in Orlando so I can see you play!

  • sdhoosier

    tough to see any of them go, even if it’s in their best interest…LOVED this group and selfishly would love to be able to watch all of them together for one more year!

  • The only thing missing from Vic’s career is advancing past the Sweet 16. However, his play helped set the standard for what it takes to win consistently at Indiana. Whoever drafts Mr. Oladipo is going to get one hell of a player!

  • BlakeD1223

    Next year may be a rough one. We will not have much size down low. Hopefully Perea improves a bunch in the off season and can be a force down low on offense and defense. The rumor is that Abel is transferring. That’s a bummer. We sure could use him next year for leadership and depth. I hope our incoming class can add the pieces that we need.

  • PDXHoosier

    When was the last time we had a top pick in the draft we could get excited to watch in the NBA? Who was our last top ten draft pick?
    Hopefully this is the start of a new pattern.
    Best of luck, Vic!

  • chiswede

    Your user name has never been more apt.

  • Eric Gordon. 7th pick in ’08.

  • SCHoosier

    Good for VO…and thanks for the memories. Get somebody good to help you handle your money..your talent and character will handle the rest. A Hoosier legend for sure…u can be certain Vic will continue to support and give back to IU.

  • SCHoosier

    Congrats to VO…get somebody good and ethical to handle your money..your character and talent will handle the rest. You can be certain that Vic will continue to support and give back to the university..a Hoosier legend for sure.

  • Benhyoung14

    Hopefully to thank hoosier nation for their support durring the dismal years.

  • Kreigh_Smiths_Short_Shorts

    When was the last time IU had TWO top picks in the draft?

  • pcantidote

    That same draft – dj white

  • Ole Man

    Thanks for the great effort and memories, Vic.
    You’ll always be one of my favorite Hoosiers.
    Now go show them how it’s done in the pros!

  • Earl Scheib

    Ultimately, this is good for Indiana basketball. To have a player come in so unheralded, and make such meteoric progress is a testament to our program and the work ethic it instills. Having Vic and probably Cody go pro gives every elite HS player the reassurance that they, too, can get to the next level when they wear an Indiana uniform. And while in my heart I hate how much the NBA has impacted the college game, it’s sort of the way of the game now and we need to offer the same pathway in order to attract the best talent. God knows we don’t want them all going to Lexington, that’s for sure. (Even if they frigging are, at least for next year.) Go get ’em Vic! Now I might actually watch the NBA, who knows?

  • Ole Man

    I doubt Abel transfers.

    Why would he?
    He has the opportunity to start next year.

  • Kevin Tolliver

    Victor did it the right way. Hard work, always played team basketball, and graduated. He deserves it.

  • Ole Man

    He’s gone as well.

  • BlakeD1223

    I agree. I don’t know why he would either. I heard it first rumored on this forum and then I got a text from a reliable source saying the same thing. I think we could use him a lot next year. I liked his confidence to shoot. I’m assuming he’s just wanting more playing time and doesn’t think he’ll get it with our incoming class.

  • VerdellJonesIV

    Steve Alford, Scott May, Isiah Thomas, Calbert Cheaney

    Who are you knocking off your mountain for Victor?

  • Earl Scheib

    Oladipro.

  • IU80

    Victor – Congrats on graduating early and on your great basketball career with IU. You will be missed. I hope the Wizards select you so I can see you at Verizon.

  • IU80

    Victor – Congrats on graduating early and on your great basketball career with IU. You will be missed. I hope the Wizards select you so I can see you at Verizon.

  • IUfanPurduePhD

    I wasn’t alive for the ’76 or ’81 teams (and was too young to appreciate the ’87 team, although I remember watching the game), so it would feel disingenuous to have anyone before 1988 on my Rushmore.

    The construction crew blew up Damon Bailey’s face and an artist will soon replace it with Victor’s. The rest of the mountain looks like this: Calbert Cheaney, A.J. Moye, D.J. White.

  • walton

    Leadership is definitely something IU is losing a lot of this year.

  • Kreigh_Smiths_Short_Shorts

    DJ was drafted 29th, not lottery.

  • pcantidote

    You didn’t say lottery, you said top pick whatever that means

  • Man, I’m going to miss that kid. I truly believe is going to make a heck of a pro.

  • Old Time Guy

    I agree on Alford, May, Thomas and Cheaney. I would also add Kent Benson, Quinn Buckner, Mike Woodson, Schlundt, (before my time) and AJ Guyton before Victor. Victor is a great guy, but not even an Elite 8 for the team. Youngsters have a trophy generation mentality. Cutting down the nets after losing to celebrate a conference tie! Maybe a Sweet 16 banner. Ugh…I thought “this is Indiana” not Texas.

  • unclekerfuffle

    In a way, by going as a possible top five with a degree in three years, Victor represents Indiana University in a way very few players have. From relative unknown to All-American draft choice and a college degree–not bad for three years.

    We will miss you, Vic, and always be proud to call you a Hoosier. Don’t be a stranger–just remember what Dorothy said.

  • b_side

    In the short term (as in next year) no, but in the long term, big picture…this is great. Crean can now walk into households, speak to recruits/parents and tell them how we developed Oladipo from a fringe player to the lottery. And to boot, he graduates. Long story short, Wade isn’t his only relevant reference point now.

  • Word has it on campus that Zeller is gone too… they told their teammates already and I guess that has been going around the athletic dept. and eventually to students

  • Word has it on campus that Zeller is gone too… they told their teammates already and I guess that has been going around the athletic dept. and eventually to students