The Indiana Hoosiers are having one of their best seasons in recent memory. Even though the team is loaded with impressive players, this season wouldn’t have been nearly as successful without the play of Victor Oladipo.
The play of Oladipo has been the major reason why the Hoosiers have had so much success. They currently hold the top spot in the Big Ten with a conference record of 12-3.
As the best player on the best team in the best conference, Oladipo clearly deserves to win the Player of the Year award.
If the team’s success isn’t enough, Oladipo’s numbers are equally impressive.
Up to this point, Oladipo is averaging 14.1 points per game. His efficiency has been incredible, making 63.3 percent of all of his shots. He has been almost as impressive from behind the arc, making 48 percent of his three-point attempts.
Oladipo has also been a dominant force on the defensive side of the ball. He consistently pressures the ball handler, often causing them to make poor decisions. He is averaging 2.3 steals per game, which is the best in the B1G. His 0.8 blocks per game is also a pretty solid number for a guard.
Looking into metric statistics, you find that Oladipo is an even more dominant defender than expected. According to Sports-Reference.com, Oladipo’s defensive rating is the best in the B1G, allowing approximately 85.2 points per 100 possessions.
The numbers alone make Oladipo a legitimate contender for Player of the Year, but his overall style of play is what should put him over the top.
There are few players in college basketball who play with as much explosiveness and intensity as Oladipo. His ability to drive by defenders to the basket and throw it down with authority is something that NBA teams look for in a college player. His ability to also adjust in the air and make circus-like layups is just as impressive as his thunderous dunks.
The emotion that Oladipo plays with is truly amazing. He knows how to excite the crowd, and isn’t afraid to show how he is feeling on any given play. It’s something that has seemed to go away from college sports, but Oladipo is doing his best to bring it back.
There are certainly more than a few candidates for the Wooden Player of the Year Award, but none are more deserving than Oladipo. He won’t mind if he wins it or not, because he knows that the real goal is bringing another banner to Bloomington.