I know that it’s football season, but please allow me to indulge in a little IU basketball talk.
Caught word on Peegs.com this morning that Victor Oladipo has committed to the IU.
Oladipo is a 6′4 guard from basketball powerhouse DeMatha and joins 6′6 wing David Williams of Jacksonville, FL as IU’s two commits thus far for 2010.
Browsing various scouting reports about Oladipo, he is currently on the fringe of being a consensus top 100 player in the nation and is rising because of a great summer.
Oladipo is described as being in constant motion offensively, although not yet a great mid-range shooter, is a defensive-minded player, and has obvious hops.
He is also apparently very academic-minded and once beat up a guy at church because he thought the dude looked like Kelvin Sampson.
Okay, so that last part is not true...but how quickly would he endear himself to the IU faithful if it was?
To sum up the Victor Oladipo scouting report, it sounds like he is an athletic, jack-of-all-trades who, as of yet, is a master of none. But he fits the Tom Crean profile of a high-energy, high-character guy, around which Crean can build his up-tempo, attacking style of basketball.
Anyway, when most people think of Indiana basketball, they think of goofy white guys in really short shorts. Sure, there have been plenty of such players to come through the program, but times have changed.
Not only do the Hoosiers now wear shorts of a reasonable length, but Tom Crean is putting together what appears to be a pretty athletic roster. Once he arrives at IU, Oladipo will join, among others, athletic 2009 freshmen Christian Watford and Maurice Creek. A dunk-fest featuring Oladipo and long-time friend Creek could make for some pretty exciting fast breaks in Bloomington in the years to come.
Example of duo in action provided in this link:
Another reason to like Victor Oladipo if you a Hoosier fan is that, according to the Indiana Daily student, Oladipo claims God led him to commit to IU:
Oladipo, the No. 133 recruit in the nation according to Rivals.com, committed Monday to playing college basketball at IU. His commitment came after a night of prayer and time with his family.
“God had pointed me toward Indiana,” he said. “He was giving me signs. I felt like that was where He wants me to go.”
Well, all I have to say is that Oladipo is like many IU fans in that respect. Of course, the god who led us to IU basketball is probably not the same one to which young Victor is referring.
Oladipo also said that the relationship he developed with Tom Crean, as well as his longtime relationship with Maurice Creek, influenced his decision.
While I would like to see Crean pluck a few more native Hoosiers from the high school ranks as he completes his 2010 and 2011 recruiting classes, Oladipo appears to be a guy that we can all get excited about. He may not be a superstar blue-chipper, but he could end up being the kind of four-year (cough...AJ) player that (cough...Moye) consistent winning college teams are built around.
Welcome aboard Victor. I can speak from experience and say that you will love Bloomington. And if reports of your effort, hustle, and character prove true, I can definitely say that Bloomington and the IU faithful will love you right back.