Newspaper article Evansville Courier & Press (2007-Current)

Oladipo Becoming 'Vision' of Commitment, Talent for IU ; Star's Defense and Intensity Sparking Hoosiers' Early Success

Newspaper article Evansville Courier & Press (2007-Current)

Oladipo Becoming 'Vision' of Commitment, Talent for IU ; Star's Defense and Intensity Sparking Hoosiers' Early Success

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Tom Crean suggested Friday night that 6-foot-5 junior guard Victor Oladipo can't be easily compared to any NBA player. He meant no disrespect - at least not to Oladipo. "I love seeing all these different people that now project him (for the draft)," said the Indiana University basketball coach of Oladipo. "He is now this player or he's that player or he could be like that guy. And that stuff is all great, but Victor Oladipo is going to be Victor Oladipo.

"He's going to be a trendsetter in his own way. He is a game- changer here, and when he's gone that's not going to change if he continues to progress the way that he has, and if he continues to be as humble and hungry as he is."

While 7-footer Cody Zeller deservedly has received most of the attention at IU, an argument could be made that Oladipo may be the more important piece to the Hoosiers' championship puzzle.

As of now, the guard from Upper Marlboro, Md., is first on the team in field goal accuracy (67 percent), second in scoring (13.5 points), fourth in 3-point percentage (42.1), third in rebounds (5.5), first in steals (31), second in blocks (9) and third in assists (27).

And yes, he really does love playing lights-out, lockdown defense.

He did it again Friday in the Hoosiers' 88-52 rout of Florida Atlantic. Greg Gantt, a 6-2 senior guard, came into the game ranked eighth nationally with a scoring average of 21.3 points. While Gantt finished with 25 points on Friday - four shy of becoming FAU's all-time leading scorer - he only made 5 of 16 shots in the second half after having knocked in half of his first eight attempts.

"Players like him, you just have to slow them down, get them tired, get them exhausted," said Oladipo, who is expected to return for his senior season. "He made a lot of tough shots, but I think we did a good job of wearing him down."

While Oladipo wasn't the only one who guarded Gantt, he set the tone with his aggressiveness. Mainly, because he knows great defense can lead to easy offense. …

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