4 - Victor Oladipo

6-4, 213 Shooting Guard/Small Forward
Indiana Junior
05/04/92 (27.7 yrs)
Upper Marlboro, MD
High School
Team Site Profile
Jump Shot
NBA Ready
Ball Handling

NBA Comparison: Tony Allen

Strengths: Explosive athlete who plays with great energy and aggression on both ends of the floor … Fearless slasher, with potential to be dangerous as a transition player … Plays passing lanes very well, and has a great nose for the ball … Improved his jump shot considerably, known for having a fantastic work ethic … Improvement over the past year has been remarkable and a testament to his work ethic. Shows a great will to improve, by all reports a fantastic kid and considered very coachable … Quite strong, very good at playing prevent defense and establishing position …  Shot selection was highly efficient during his junior season, seemed to know his role and limitations … Has potential as a passer, though still keeps it quite simple … Follows shots really well, does not give up on plays and good at creating turnovers in the backcourt … Length and timing to block shots occasionally, good help defender … Worked on his handle and showed noticeable improvement during his final season at IU … Potentially can become a player with blow by quickness due to his great speed … Pesky defender who prides himself on guarding the other team’s best perimeter scorer … Could guard multiple positions, even at the NBA level … Though he did not average over 30 mpg, conditioning and stamina appear to be top notch, should be able to log a good number of minutes

Weaknesses: Still very much a work in progress as a complete offensive player … Was not even on team’s radars as a first rounder going into junior season. Begging the question, did he overachieve? … Despite improving his outside shot, had a very limited sample size from long distance and as a midrange jump shooter … Has a difficult time creating offense off of the dribble, and this is an area that arguable may not improve a ton … Has never been counted on as a featured offensive threat, something that will more than likely be expected of him in his current draft range … Despite his attacking nature and great athleticism, only got to the line for 3.6 FTA … Forced into a high number of turnovers, particularly when trying to create in isolation … Due to his aggressive nature, can get into foul trouble, will need to learn to let certain things go in order to not to pick up cheap fouls … No real go-to move as an offensive player, especially considering he will be going up against players close to his size, quickness in the NBA … More bark than bite? His defensive analytics did not necessarily follow his reputation as a shut down defender, which could be something to monitor … Will he still manage to stay as efficient as his junior year percentages dictated once he is asked to do more offensively?

Notes: Made great strides during his time at Indiana, moving from a player thought of as an outstanding athlete to a solid, lottery worthy draft prospect (Currently projected to go 2nd overall to Orlando) … His attitude appears to be contagious, looks like a very motivated self starter, which has made him one of the favorite prospects among NBA coaches and GM’s … Has potential to be a disruptive defender and his athleticism, work ethic could at the very least turn him into a viable offensive option down the line … Question marks as to whether he could become a primary or even secondary option make him a risky pick in the top half of the lottery … Nonetheless, in a draft that is seen as being light at the top, Oladipo is expected to be a top 5 pick come June 27th …

Michael Visenberg 6/24/13

Strengths: Oladipo is an explosive athlete with great leaping ability … Has nice size at about 6’4, 215 lbs, and great length and a good build … Fantastic first step and moves well laterally … A very tough and gritty player who fights for everything … Excellent rebounder for a guard averaging over 5 per game last season … Absolutely relentless on defense and is versatile enough to guard multiple positions … Not one to be outworked on either end of the court … One of the best finishers in the country around the rim due to his athleticism and body control … Moves well without the ball and doesn’t need to have plays drawn up for him to be effective … Hard worker off the court and improved his free throw percentage by 14% this past season …

Weaknesses: Oladipo doesn’t have much of an offensive foundation at this point … Has a subpar jump shot with mechanics that lack consistency … Not much of a ball handler at this point … Can be out of control and turnover prone … Lacks a great basketball IQ … While showing huge defensive upside, he still needs to improve his fundamentals … Fouls a bit much (2.5 topg) for a wing prospect who doesn’t even play 30 mpg …

Overall: At this point he’s more of a pure athlete then an offensive player, but he has time to grow there … Defensively he should be able to translate to the NBA quite easily …

Sam Gallenberger 6/20/12