by Brian Jessen
Victor Oladipo is headed to the NBA.
Indiana University and junior guard announced the player’s decision to enter the NBA draft in a Tuesday afternoon news conference.
Many were speculating recently that OladipoÂ would enter the NBA Draft.Â More than likely, the NBA Draft may be a bit soft, with fewer high-quality prospects than in other years.
“It’s been an honor to play here at Indiana,” Oladipo said. “I’ll be going on and entering the NBA Draft, and it’s an honor. To be an Indiana Hoosier means so much to me, and I’ll always be an Indiana Hoosier.”
IU coach Tom CreanÂ took part in theÂ announcement and had this to say about Oladipo:
“What Â Victor Oladipo means to us, what he has meant to me and my family and our coaching staff… it’s really hard to describe it,” Crean said.
Crean added that OladipoÂ has earned his opportunity and it’s been a privilege for the coach to watch him develop to this point.
Â “Victor epitomizes to me what it means to have someone that deserves to have those options,” Crean said. “He didn’t have them handed to him … he went out and took them.”
Oladipo was recently named co-defensive player of the year. He had previously earned the Big Ten defensive player of the year award.
Oladipo averaged 13.6 points and 6.3 rebounds a game this season. He also led the Big Ten in steals.
Oladipo will graduate from Indiana University in May.