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

  • 02/20/2014 12:54 pm in

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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: 13.5 points, 4.3 rebounds, 3.9 assists, 1.6 steals in 31.5 minutes per game

Notes: Oladipo participated in the BBVA Rising Stars Challenge last Friday at NBA All-Star weekend and finished with 13 points, five rebounds and five assists for Team Webber, which fell to Team Hill, 142-136. The former IU star remains in the hunt for the league’s rookie of the year award with Philadelphia’s Michael Carter-Williams, the current front runner, and Utah’s Trey Burke. He has struggled, however, coming out of the All-Star break with just a total of 10 points in losses to Cleveland and Milwaukee.

Notable recent performance: 23 points, four rebounds and four assists in a 93-92 win over Indiana on Feb. 9.

· Cody Zeller, Charlotte Bobcats
Stats: 5.0 points, 4.0 rebounds, 1.1 assists in 16.7 minutes per game

Notes: Zeller remains in the rotation as a backup to Josh McRoberts for the Bobcats, who are in a battle to grab the final playoff spot in the Eastern Conference. The former IU big man also went viral the other night for the wrong reasons, but quickly redeemed himself the next night. As a backup, Zeller’s role is to hustle and bring energy for Charlotte and while his numbers may not be what you’d expect from the No. 4 pick, getting his feet wet in a playoff race isn’t a bad thing at all.

Notable recent performance: 11 points and six rebounds in a 105-95 loss to Phoenix on Feb. 1.


· Christian Watford, Hapoel Eilat (Israel)
Stats: 10.3 points, 5.1 rebounds, 1.2 steals, 1.2 assists in 27.4 minutes per game

Notes: Hapoel Eilat sits at 10-9 overall and fifth in the Winner League standings and Watford is shooting 51.1 percent on 2s, 33.9 percent on 3s and 85.1 percent from the foul line.

Notable recent performance: 15 points and four rebounds in a 104-97 win over Bnei Hertzeliyya on Feb. 10.


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· Jordan Hulls, Energa Czarni (Poland)
Stats: 8.9 points, 3.7 assists, 2.8 rebounds, 1.1 steals in 23 minutes per game

Notes: Energa Czarni is tied for fifth in the Polish Basketball League at 10-8 and Hulls is putting up very solid numbers overall. His 3-point shooting (39.9 percent) has been down from the numbers he posted as a senior in Bloomington, but that’s somewhat expected with the transition to a much more physical brand of basketball in Poland.

Notable recent performance: 12 points and three assists in a 78-71 loss to PGE Turow on Feb. 13.


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· Derek Elston, Floriana (Malta)

Notes: On court updates have been difficult to come by on Elston, but it does appear that he’s enjoying his time in Malta. The most recent update from The Times of Malta indicates that Elston scored 34 points in a 145-123 loss to Luxol last week.

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  • Crimson&CremeFraiche

    Love to see that Elston dropped 34 in a game. Man I wish he could’ve been healthy last year. Miss these guys. I never thought I could care so much about people I have never met.

  • jmfriedman

    Wish we had them all back. Was a special year, and the way things look now, it may be a while until we have another one that great..

  • Alford Bailey

    Everybody is doing about as I expected, well, except for Victor. WOW! This kid just continues to amaze. Who’d a thunk it 2 years ago?

  • Alford Bailey

    Good grief Cody hit the floor hard on that block. Gotta go stronger with that one. Glad to see he totally redeemed himself the next night.

  • JetpackJunky

    Two games technically. The final score is presented as the combined score of a two day series. That’s why it’s so super high. Good for him though, and to get to hang out in Malta while doing it? Hard to beat.

  • Outoftheloop

    Excellent comment, very helpful!

  • inadvertentelbows_stillhurt

    Kinda disappointed in Cody…expected more minutes and better play out of the 4th pick.

  • Kevin Tolliver

    Cody will be a beast soon once he is granted more PT. He works very hard and actually cares about the team and not about stats.

  • notfargj

    while we knew it when he was here, it needs repeating that victor is really something special. it’s disappointing he didn’t leave here with a national championship. his heart and work ethic are unequaled.

  • Thanks for the clarification. Wasn’t totally clear on that one.

  • papawglen

    I can’t figure out why people are so high on Cody. He isn’t strong enough to be a center and will never make it s a power forward because he is not a good rebounder and will never be a good scorer. I am a huge IU fan but am realistic here. Cody don’t have what it takes and never will. Can you say backup? That’s all he will ever be.

  • yaman22

    You do realize that only 400 people out of all the people in the world are playing in the NBA right now, and he will make nearly 8 million over the next 2 years. Saying all he’ll ever be is a back up is like saying someone only won a bronze medal at the Olympics. Even if you’re right , and he never is a starter, playing in the NBA is a pretty big deal.

  • Kenneth234

    The kid just has to find his niche. Your right, he is never going to be a center. However, if he continues to develop his outside shooting, he will have a spot somewhere. If McRoberts can get a spot in a starting lineup for a playoff team, then one must figure that Cody can as well. However, who cares if he only ends up being a contributor on a good team somewhere coming off the bench? There is absolutely nothing wrong with that either.

  • William Hagenmaier

    he learned that from crean