Victor Oladipo Has Announced He Will Enter NBA Draft

Rob GoldbergFeatured ColumnistApril 9, 2013

DAYTON, OH - MARCH 24: Victor Oladipo #4 of the Indiana Hoosiers reacts after a play late in the game against the Temple Owls during the third round of the 2013 NCAA Men's Basketball Tournament at UD Arena on March 24, 2013 in Dayton, Ohio.  (Photo by Joe Robbins/Getty Images)
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After an impressive individual season at Indiana, Victor Oladipo has reportedly decided to leave school early and enter the 2013 NBA draft.


UPDATE: Tuesday, Apr. 9 at 4:23 p.m. ET by Eric Ball

The decision is official. The Indiana basketball twitter feed confirms that Oladipo will indeed be heading to the NBA:

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Terry Hutchens of The Indianapolis Star reported that the decision will be announced in a press conference on Tuesday (h/t Ronnie Ramos of The Indy Star):

Oladipo was named first-team All-America by The Associated Press this season after averaging 13.6 points, 6.3 rebounds and 2.2 steals per game.  

The guard was also incredibly efficient by making 44.1 percent of his three-point shots and 59.9 percent of his shots overall. In addition, he is an excellent on-ball defender with the size and athleticism to guard multiple positions on the floor.

These skills make him the No. 6 overall prospect in the draft, according to Chad Ford of ESPN (Insider membership required).

His strong play helped Indiana stay near the top of the polls for most of the season. The Hoosiers won their first regular-season Big Ten championship since 2002 and earned a No. 1 seed in the NCAA tournament.

Although the squad was upset by Syracuse in the Sweet 16, Oladipo was still impressive with 16 points on 5-of-6 shooting in the loss.

Then again, this game highlighted one of his weaknesses. He is a very unselfish player, but his lack of aggressiveness often hurt Indiana as he refused to take over games. At the next level, he might have to look for his own shot more often. 

While it would have been nice for the talented guard to return to school and try to play for a national championship in 2014, he will almost certainly be selected in the NBA draft lottery.