Victor Oladipo's draft stock is continuously rising due his stellar performance this season. Before the season opener, he was considered a late second-round pick because of his superb defense and ability to attack the rim. This year, he has shown the country how dynamic of a player he is for the Hoosiers.
Many different skills pop out when watching Oladipo, perhaps most obviously his 6'5" 215-pound frame and raw athleticism. Now, he has also proved himself as one of the most effective shooters in the country.
Coming out of high school, Oladipo was just a three-star recruit out of DeMatha Catholic High School. Now, he is in the running for Naismith Player of the Year and a possible top-20 pick in next years' draft. Oladipo's development from high school to college shows NBA teams that he is a hard-working guard that constantly wants to improve his game.
Here are five reasons why Oladipo will be a high pick in this years' NBA Draft:
Victor Oladipo has become one of the best players in the country, due in large part to good shot selection and the corresponding rate in which he has been converting on them. He leads the Big Ten conference with a 64.5 field goal percentage. He's averaging 14.3 points per game and 15 points or more in five of the last six games.
Oladipo does a good job of grabbing offensive rebounds and following up with an easy bucket. He can also use his speed and athleticism to drive to the basket for a lay-in or dunk. His shooting from mid and three-point range has vastly improved from last season. Oladipo was a 21 percent three-point shooter last season and now he is almost 54 percent from behind the arc.
According to an ESPN article, Oladipo has made 68 percent of his non-three point field goals. His ability to hit shots from all over the court is one reason why he can be a very good player on the next level.
Since Oladipo's freshman year, IU fans have seen athleticism that trumps that of many players at any level. From high-flying dunks to a quick burst for an easy layup, Oladipo has shown his athletic skills time and time again.
NBA teams really enjoy a very athletic guard with a height of 6'5"due to the versatility he can bring to the court. Oladipo has speed to get around defenders and go right to the basket, where he is usually able to put the ball in the hoop or get fouled on the way.
His athletic ability has made him stand out in comparison to less-naturally gifted college players getting drafted in the upcoming draft.
Oladipo has been Indiana's top defender for the last three years. Now, he has turned into one of the best defenders in the Big Ten. Oladipo ranks first in the conference with 2.3 steals per game.
Head coach Tom Crean has matched Oladipo with opposing teams' top players. Some of those players include, Michigan's Trey Burke, Ohio State's Deshaun Thomas and Illinois' Brandon Paul.
Oladipo's ability to stick like glue on opposing players has made him one of the country's best on-ball defenders. Jay Bilas (@JayBilas) tweeted about Oladipo's defense on Michigan, "Victor Oladipo, in 45 possessions guarding 4 different players, gave up only 4 points." That shows you just how versatile Oladipo can be on the defensive end, which should translate into similar success at the next level.
At 6'5", Oladipo has been very good on the boards for the Hoosiers, averaging 5.8 rebounds per game so far in the season. According to an ESPN article, Oladipo is one of the top five rebounders 6'5" or shorter in the top six conferences.
He is very aggressive when it comes to grabbing rebounds. There have been numerous times in which Oladipo grabbed an offensive rebound and finished the play with a quick lay-in. Oladipo had a huge rebound against OSU beyond the arc, then went right to rim and dunked it.
He is a very good rebounder for his size and position, which a tough matchup and all the more useful to the team that drafts him.
Oladipo has turned into an excellent passer for the Hoosiers. Oladipo averages 2.5 assists per game, which is third on IU. The junior has done a good job of making that extra pass when necessary.
Passing is crucial to Hoosiers' game due of their quick ball movement and fast-paced transition offense. Their style of offense has helped Oladipo develop into a very good passer, a crucial attribute for guards in the NBA.
Overall, Oladipo is a very good player with a variety of skills that not all players possess. If he can continue to find success this season, then a lottery pick in this upcoming NBA Draft is looking more and more possible.