Indiana junior guard Victor Oladipo said that while playing in the NBA has been a dream, he didn’t make his decision to take that step now until after after the Hoosiers had ended their season.
“I swayed back and forth, especially during the season,” said Oladipo. “I just felt like this was best for my family.
“Coming here and graduating in three years, I feel like I’m prepared for it. Coming in and working out with Coach (Tom) Crean and his coaching staff, I think I’ve prepared for it.”
Oladipo, who will graduate and turn 21 on May 4, will spend the next couple of weeks finishing his degree requirements in sport communication-broadcast and working out with his IU teammates. He hasn’t signed an agent, but that’s because he’s just started that process.
The latest projected NBA draft by DraftExpress has Oladipo going to the Detroit Pistons with the fifth pick.
Oladipo said it doesn’t matter to him which team drafts him.
“I’m just going to go in there and help impact winning, which is what I’ve been doing since I first started playing basketball. Wherever I end up I’m going to bring my work ethic and just help winning, help them be successful.”
DraftExpress also has 7-foot sophomore Cody Zeller going to the New Orleans Hornets with the No. 6 pick if he also chooses to turn pro early. The former Washington High standout is expected to announced his decision later this week, possibly on Wednesday.
Kentucky’s Nerlens Noel is projected as the No. 1 pick overall, going to the Charlotte Bobcats.
Other projected picks of interest: No. 7 Trey Burke, Michigan, to Sacramento; 17. Gorgui Dieng, Louisville, to Utah; 18., Archie Goodwin, Kentucky, to Atlanta; (2nd round) — 33. Russ Smith, Louisville, to Cleveland; 36. Adreian Payne, Michigan State, to Philadelphia; 38. Doug McDermott, Creighton, to Memphis; 41. Jackie Carmichael, Illinois State, to Philadelphia; 51. Tim Hardaway Jr., Michigan, to Orlando; 56. Trevor Mbwake, Minnesota, to Los Angeles Lakers.
Sorry Baylor fans, I didn’t see Brittany Griner’s name pop up on any mock drafts.