If there’s one player who stepped his game up more than any other in college basketball this year, it has to be Victor Oladipo of the Indiana Hoosiers. Tonight, that effort was rewarded as Oladipo was selected by the Orlando Magic with the second overall pick in the 2013 NBA Draft.
Oladipo is a high-energy guy who simply will not stop, in practice or in a game. The Hoosier team that spent a big part of last season as the top team in the nation was supposed to be led by center Cody Zeller, but as the season wore on and opponents spent more time making sure Zeller didn’t beat them, Oladipo became the go-to guy on both ends of the court.
Victor Oladipo is going to be one of those guys who you’ll see on SportsCenter almost every night for the Magic. He’s one of those athletes that doesn’t come along very often, and while the comparisons to a guy like Dwyane Wade might be a little bit premature, it wouldn’t surprise me to see Oladipo become almost an instant leader for Orlando. He’ll give them great minutes in the backcourt with Arron Afflalo and Jameer Nelson.
Oladipo is a natural born shooting guard who can defend any position from the 1 to the 3, standing 6’5″ with a wingspan of almost 6’9″. Last season, he shot almost 56 percent from the field and a ridiculous 44 percent from behind the three-point line. While that kind of production is going to be a bit much to expect in his rookie year, he can be the guy who gives the Magic that extra spark of energy they need when it comes down to crunch time.
In the end, Oladipo is an excellent pick at no. 2, and should be the heart and soul of the Magic for several years to come.