2013 NBA Draft Prospect Profile: Victor Oladipo, Shooting Guard, Indiana
Name: Victor Oladipo
Position: Shooting Guard
Latest Stats: 13.6 ppg, 6.3 rpg, 2.2 spg, 2.1 apg
There may not have been any particular prospect who bettered his stock for the 2013 NBA Draft during the 2012-13 college basketball season than Indiana shooting guard Victor Oladipo. At 6-foot-5, Oladipo is widely known for his athletic ability, but he took his game and his potential to the next level this past season, bursting onto the scene and even warranting attention for the National Player of the Year award.
Well now, Oladipo is looking like a top ten NBA prospect. His athleticism and high-flying ability should translate well into the professional ranks and the best part of his overall potential is that of his recent surge. At 21 years of age, Oladipo spent three seasons at Indiana, improving his numbers and potential with each passing season. That’s a clear indication of Oladipo’s evolution as a player.
Strengths: Of course the biggest strength that Oladipo features is his athleticism and ability to run and excel in the transition game. The NBA has a much faster paced game than that of the collegiate ranks, but that works out perfectly in Oladipo’s favor. His toughness and willingness to compete are two characteristics that are tough to find — Oladipo has both and they are two of the main reasons why he has continuously climbed up the NBA draft boards.
Weaknesses: Oladipo’s biggest offensive weakness is his jump shooting ability and all-around offensive potential. The 6-foot-5 shooting guard has the ability to hit from the outside, but he’s not the type of player who will break you down offensively and shoot off the dribble. Oladipo likes to attack the rim and attack in the open court, but he needs to find a better overall balance on the offensive end as he prepares for the next level.
Draft Projection: Top Ten
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