NBA Combine 2013: Zeller and Oladipo Look to Turn Heads at NBA Draft Combine
Cody Zeller and Victor Oladipo have both reported to Chicago this Thursday to participate in the 2013 NBA Draft Combine.
Oladipo and Zeller both announced earlier this year that they would leave school early and enter the NBA Draft.
Players at the combine lace up their shoes and participate in various drills while trying to impress NBA scouts, but that is only part of the battle.
The scouts have had their eyes on these two, and many other college players, all season long and have a very good idea of what they can bring to the table talent wise.
The combine is where NBA hopefuls receive their official measurements and participate in interviews with various NBA teams.
Both Zeller and Oladipo have a lot to prove to these teams, especially after their early exit in the NCAA Tournament.
Cody Zeller has been subject to a lot of criticism after his performance in the NCAA Tournament, especially the elimination game against Syracuse.
He produced a double-double, but shot just 3-11 from the field in a game where the Hoosiers needed him most.
Following that game, many people questioned Zeller's toughness and his ability to match up against larger players.
At the combine, Zeller will look to prove to teams that he is big and tough enough to compete against NBA talent, and that he is capable of making other players around him better.
He must also prove that he is capable of being a multidimensional player, showcasing his ability to knock down the jump shot, which he didn't do as much as he could have during his time at Indiana.
Zeller has opted not to participate in Thursday's drills on the advice of his agent, according to Alex Bozich of insidethehall.com
On draft combine broadcast, Cody Zeller said he is not participating in drills today on the advice of his agent. #iubb— Alex Bozich (@insidethehall) May 16, 2013
As for Oladipo, he has been turning heads all season with his explosiveness and his stifling defense.
He currently finds himself at No.6 on Chad Ford's Big Board, and in the top 10 in just about every mock draft.
There is no doubt in anyone's mind that he will have a successful NBA career, and he has his freakish athleticism and hard work-ethic to thank for that.
After his sophomore season, the knock on Oladipo was his inability to knock down the outside shot and make threes.
He proved to scouts this season that his outside shot is no longer a concern, improving his three-point percentage from 20 percent to 44 percent in just one year.
Improvement is a major factor that NBA scouts look for in a high draft pick, and the two Hoosiers let their 2012-13 statistics do the talking in that aspect.
Look for Zeller and Oladipo to come out strong in this combine and likely improve their draft stock before this summer's draft.
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