An updated look at members of IU’s 2012-2013 Big Ten championship team in the pros

  • 01/23/2014 11:33 am in

Periodically throughout the season, we’ll take a look at how members of IU’s 2012-2013 Big Ten championship team are performing in both the NBA and professional leagues around the world. Here’s our latest update:

· Victor Oladipo, Orlando Magic
Stats: 13.7 points, 4.4 rebounds, 3.9 assists, 1.5 steals in 31.8 minutes per game

Notes: Oladipo currently sits at No. 2 on’s “Rookie Ladder” rankings, just behind Philadelphia guard Michael Carter-Williams. His minutes and scoring are up since our last update and it currently appears to be a three-man race for Rookie of the Year with Oladipo, Carter-Williams and Utah’s Trey Burke as the contenders.

Notable recent performance: 35 points, eight assists and four rebounds in a 128-125 triple overtime loss to Chicago on Jan. 15. Oladipo played 57 minutes.

· Cody Zeller, Charlotte Bobcats
Stats: 5.0 points, 3.8 rebounds, 1.1 assists in 16.7 minutes per game

Notes: Zeller is still in the Charlotte rotation, but he was the subject of a recent article in The Charlotte Observer where Bobcats coach Steve Clifford talked about his transition from Indiana to the NBA: “He’s made gains. But he needs to learn how to act like a pro, think like a pro, practice like a pro, play like a pro. That’s not easy to do at 20 or 21 years old,” Clifford told the Observer. “When Cody went to practice at Indiana, probably if he’s at 70 percent concentration, he’s still the only 7-footer there. Those guys can’t keep him from doing things. Here, if he’s not on, he’ll be dominated.”

Notable recent performance: Five points, six rebounds and a block in a 95-92 loss at Philadelphia on Jan. 15. Zeller played 19 minutes.

· Christian Watford, Hapoel Eilat (Israel)
Stats: 10.3 points, 5.2 rebounds, 1.3 steals, 1.1 assists in 26.9 minutes per game

Notes: Over his last three games, Watford is averaging just a shade over 12 points and for the season, he’s shooting 52.7 percent on 2s, 36 percent on 3s and 82.5 percent from the foul line. Hapoel Eilat is 8-8 and in seventh place in the Winner League.

Notable recent performance: Team-high 17 points and five rebounds as Hapoel Eilat beat Greentops Netanya 84-78 on the road on Jan. 12.

· Jordan Hulls, Energa Czarni (Poland)
Stats: 9.3 points, 3.8 assists, 2.9 rebounds, 1.1 steals in 23.1 minutes per game

Notes: Over his last three games, Hulls is averaging 10.3 points, 4.6 assists and 3.3 rebounds and he knocked down 6-of-14 from behind the 3-point line in that stretch. Energa Czarni is 8-7 and tied for fifth place in the Polish Basketball League.

Notable recent performance: 12 points, seven assists and four rebounds as Energa Czarni fell 81-73 at Stelmet ZG on Jan. 12.


· Derek Elston, Floriana (Malta)

Notes: The most recent update available on Elston is from Jan. 19, when Elston scored 18 points in a 69-65 loss to the Starlites. December’s Times of Malta reported that he was named the MBA player of the month for the second straight month. According to the story, Elston “was an inspirational figure behind the Greens’ results, scoring 124 points and being the best scorer for November in the championship, also nailing four three-pointers in the process. The American player also had an average of 13.75 rebounds, 3.00 steals and 2.50 assists per game.”

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  • HoosierBballNut

    Did any one enjoy hearing the name “Oooooladipo” being called over and over again 😀

  • MillaRed

    Totally understand why he did it, but no way was Cody ready to make that jump. Money wise, all good, ability wise, not really.

    Really happy for Derek. He’s the player I thought he always could be.

  • Hardwood83

    This suprises me a little. I didn’t expect Cody to dominate, but thought he’d be a solid player from the start.
    I don’t think it’s so much ‘ability’ as maturity, at least from the coaches quote. Either way, wish he as still in Bloomington.

  • Hoosierfan2335

    haha so happy to hear about Elston. I just wish he was more healthy his senior year.

  • jacobdetroy

    The behind the back pass from Hulls was sweet. Remembering this class in light of our current shooting woes is like salt meeting wound, though I love to hear about their successes.

  • drewmiller1

    Malta looks pretty amazing. I think he’s doing great.

  • BMusic

    Remember how frustrating it was at times, watching these guys three years ago? And look at em now, all growed up.

  • Outoftheloop

    Keep up the reports, I love these guys. But include Verdell and any other Hoosiers playing for pay!

  • Darkside9861

    This is what it has come to. Lets talk about the past because we dont want to talk about how we are ranked 9th in the Big 10 Conference Standings. Maybe we should be on the look for another coach.

  • Outoftheloop

    In the pros a lot is “where” you go. Charlottte is not a good program. They are happy to be a “play-off” team (8th) at 19-25. They should be playing all of their real talent. McRoberts will never be a starter on a good NBA team, Zeller will be. If they go 32-50 who cares? If Walker, Taylor, Kidd-Gilchrist, and Zeller get 25 min/game and join Jefferson they have something to build on! Then add two good draft picks and one scoring free-agent and you are developing a real “play-off” team. If Cody were in Indy they would be playing him 20+ minutes, letting him shoot, and running the floor. Scola is 33 and Mahinimi is very raw. These are the only two Bigs on the Pacer bench. They would love and use Cody now!

  • Outoftheloop

    Please see my post above.

  • InTheMtns

    Wow. Well at least it’s obvious that you picked a good name. but why so dark? This article is not about us living in the past – it’s about us keeping up with family. We can do two things at once: keep up on news about these guys and follow our current team. One thing we don’t have to do, though, is spend our time fretting about looking for a new coach. The one we’ve got is a keeper.

  • jacobdetroy

    I agree, we should get the coach that recruited these guys in the clips above.

  • tmeaster

    I love Cody, but I don’t see a scenario where he would be playing 20+ minutes for the Pacer’s this season. They are one of the best teams in the league with a strong rotation all around.

    I’d love for him to be in Indy to be around and learn from David West and Roy Hibbert everyday….just couldn’t see him playing much there.

  • MillaRed

    Maybe a bad choice of words. The ability is there but he’s just not ready. Mentally and physically. I watched a game last month and he’s getting pushed around.

  • and he looks afraid ti make mistakes instead of just playing the game. He could have used another year in my book. Its not the rookie money thats important. its the 2nd contract.

  • Oladipo’s rate of improvement has been constant. He’s doing things now that he couldn’t even come close to doing while at Indiana. Couldn’t be happier for the guy. He will be responsible for quite a few recruits choosing Indiana in the future.

  • SCHoosier wonder your handle is “DARKside”

  • SCHoosier

    And with the weight loss and new hair do he has to be killin’ the chicks:)

  • SCHoosier

    Cody..dominate those beats in the NBA?? Wow!

  • iuoiu

    The Bobcat coach is a typical NBA douche. His comments about Cody getting away with only putting in 70% effort at IU practices is a joke. He’s thinking Cody got off easy because there were not other 7-footers to challenge him – WHAT teams have multiple 7-footers pushing each other? Poor Cody, he really got drafted by the wroooooong team.

  • Darkside9861

    This is Indiana BB. We don’t settle for 9th in our 6th yr coaching. Sorry but its ridiculous

  • NotTheRealSteveEyl

    Cody would play more on the Pacers than he does for theBobcats? Think not.

    If Cody was playing better than McRoberts, he’d be getting more time. He has underwhelmed. Clearly. Maybe he’s not ready, maybe he’ll never be ready. Maybe he just doesn’t have the killer instinct required.

    Be that as it may, expecting he would get more time moving from a fringe playoff team to the best team in the East makes no sense.

  • dssnyder1

    did you check out this article just so you could rip on crean? showing interest in former players is what a fan does. try getting on the appropiate subject to criticize the coach, you’ll have plenty of company

  • Steve Clifford is a potential coach of the year candidate this season. He’s done a fantastic job with Charlotte.

  • Lance

    When the most important thing in the culture is to get money while you can, I don’t see how you can convince a baller to stay in school. Cody was obviously not up to NBA talent-level when he left, but that seems to hardly matter anymore when you can get big $$ to ride the pine. It hardly seems to be the best use of his potential, but that also doesn’t seem to matter anymore.

  • MillaRed

    Guys I’m going to attempt to talk shop here. I have a few points to make.

    First of all, I want all of you guys to know I love talking Indiana basketball to you people. I love Indiana basketball. I highly doubt there are many programs that have a site like Inside The Hall to discuss their hoops.

    I know we always don’t agree. I never said I was perfect. But we all love Indiana basketball. It is our bond!

    I…… Love……….Indiana basketball. It is why I tolerate you people!

    GO Hoosiers.

  • E Foy McNaughton

    Milla’s right, Cody needed another year maturity wise. The $$ made the right choice assuming his ceiling is a 20-25 min rotation player and that he doesn’t lose confidence.

  • E Foy McNaughton

    Develop Jurkin? Laughing

  • inadvertentelbows_stillhurt

    Happy for all the Guys success ..Cody is really being exposed in the league…When you are barely in the rotation with the Bobcats you are in trouble.

  • NotTheRealSteveEyl

    Nah. That guy underperformed in the end. That was not sweet sixteen talent. They faded like crazy at the end of the year.

  • Chappy Dan

    Your comment was going great, until you needlessly threw in the remark about his “love affair for Cody.” That’s when it shifted from solid rebuttal to lame attack piece.

  • oldiugymnast

    If I had a kid that was an NBA prospect and a likely first round pick, I would tell him to take the money. The risk/reward ratio for staying in NCAA ball is just not a good bet. You basically have a 1/10 chance to have a career ending injury by staying 1 more year. Why risk that when you can make enough over 10 years to retire and have generational wealth?

  • pcantidote

    Why do you focus on 9th in the 6th year and not 1st in the 5th year? That seems a little odd. Every top tier program has highs and lows.

  • IU-Faithful

    And it’s not a true “6th year” for Crean. You have to start measuring Crean from 4th year on. He literally could have found better players playing down at the HPER on campus compared to what he put on the court the first 3 years. Everyone is quick to criticize, but no one remembers what he started with and had to rebuild.

  • ForeverIU

    Well if he is going to demean his player for being a raw 20-year-old, then why doesn’t he push for a minimum age or college graduation requirement for entry into the NBA. These franchises give all kinds of enticements for kids to join their teams then complain about them being still kids. Maybe Cody should be playing for Brad Stevens or some other more classy coach.

  • ScoopGeoff

    Holy crap are you guys sensitive. He barely said anything. He certainly didn’t say anything demeaning. This is adult men’s athletics, not elementary school art class. Your whole comment about him pushing for an age limit is worthless. That is a Players Union negotiated part of the CBA. That and he was hired exactly 4 weeks prior to the drafting of Cody… He’s not “complaining about him still being a kid”… He was answering a question posed by the media, and being candid. He’s also trying to send a message that he probably doesn’t feel is being heard well enough behind closed doors.

    Bottom line is Cody chose to go pro. He’s being paid millions of dollars by the Bobcats. He better be man enough to take some remarks, because they have every right to make them. Or if he wants, I’ll gladly trade places with him and be the whipping boy in practice every day, then go cash my paycheck with a gigantic smile on my face.

  • Eugene Debs

    1/10 players get career ending injuries a year?

  • Eugene Debs

    Cody is a bust.