Not many were calling Victor Oladipo a potential top-10 draft pick when he was a freshman defensive specialist at Indiana. The general consensus was that he had to improve offensively to be considered an NBA prospect. Guess NBA teams already have an idea of Oladipo’s work ethic. Flash-forward two basketball seasons. It will stun analysts if Oladipo doesn’t hear his name called among the top-10 players during the NBA draft June 27. Oladipo talked about his meteoric rise over the past two days at the NBA predraft combine and even he has a hard time believing his good fortune. “I remember back a couple of months ago I wasn’t getting any attention, a couple of years ago I wasn’t getting any attention so it’s all kind of surreal for me every time,” Oladipo said at the Attack Athletics gym. “It just drives me. I know what it feels like to be at the bottom and be overlooked and every thing like that. I’m just going to use the experience to keep working hard and staying in the gym.” He probably won’t go top three, but he is in play afterward. With the Pistons likely picking seventh, he is one of the multiple prospects the Pistons will investigate between now and the end of June. He met with the Pistons on Thursday night. But no one was predicting this for Oladipo when he was recruited to Indiana out of D.C.-area traditional basketball power DeMatha (Md.) Catholic High School. His athleticism was evident, but he lacked shooting and ballhandling skill. But he put the work in, and it was evident this season as the Hoosiers were one of the top teams in the country and he was named a first-team All-America and the Big Ten’s defensive player of the year.
Work ethic took Indiana's Victor Oladipo from off the radar to lottery pick
Detroit Free Press | May 18