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Victor Oladipo

Victor Oladipo

INDIANA
Year: Junior
Position: Shooting Guard
Height: 6-foot-5
Weight: 214 lbs.
Editor’s Note: Throughout the month of June, Timberwolves.com will profile a series of prospects that could be available at Minnesota’s No. 9 or 26 picks, or if they choose to move up during the 2013 NBA Draft on June 27. Part II breaks down Indiana guard Victor Oladipo, who became one of the Big Ten’s top prospects during the Hoosiers’ run at the top of the polls this winter.

Mark Remme
Wolves Editor/Writer

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Mock Draft Projections: 1st Round, Picks 4 to 6

2012-13 Season: 13.6 PPG, 6.3 RPG, 2.1 APG, 2.2 SPG, .559 FG%, .441 3FG%
2011-12 Season: 10.8 PPG, 5.3 RPG, 2.0 APG, 1.4 SPG, .471 FG%, .308 3FG%
2010-11 Season: 7.4 PPG, 3.7 RPG, 0.9 APG, 1.1 SPG, .547 FG%, .308 3FG%

Few players made as big a jump in this year’s Draft class than Victor Oladipo. The junior out of Indiana made a national splash this season because of his lock-down defense, his improved shooting and his continuous motor for a Hoosiers team that spent parts of the year atop the polls. Oladipo possesses a lot of aspects NBA teams desire—he has a 6-foot-5 frame and weighs 214 pounds, can likely guard the 1, 2 or 3 at the NBA level and can leap out of the gym.

Oladipo entered this Draft season projecting right around the 10th pick, but after testing out at the Combine and working through team workouts he seems to be solidifying himself as a potential Top 5 selection. He speaks with confidence. He has measurably improved his game each year he was at Indiana. And he has the motor and versatility that catches teams’ eyes.

Oladipo credits the coaching style he received in Indiana as a reason why he’s in the position he’s in today. He said they demanded so much out of their players that they, as athletes, began demanding that out of themselves.

STRENGTHS

Oladipo found his shot last season and ran with hit. He connected on 55.9 percent of his shots from the field and added 44.1 percent efficiency from 3-point range. Much of that he attributes to confidence. He said he put in countless hours in the gym, found areas of the floor he was most comfortable in and realized that good shot selection was a big part of what can make him an effective player. He’s also a guy who can flat out jump. Defensively, Oladipo is a versatile asset. He’s got the size and quickness to guard up to three positions, and he certainly can help add depth in that department at the shooting guard position. He also possesses a well-known work ethic around Bloomington, including stories of wearing out his access card to the 24-hour workout facilities.

WEAKNESSES

While Oladipo’s statistics and field goal percentage are strong, they are a small sample size. He only took 8.4 shots per game last season and only took 1.9 from 3-point range, and he got to the line 3.6 times per game. His defense will likely be ahead of his offense, and while he’s an athletic player with size there is still debate whether or not he’ll be a go-to 2-guard in the NBA. He will need to work on his ball handling and develop a way to create his own shot.

THEY SAID IT

“I’m just abnormal, to be honest with you. I’m a weird dude, I’m not going to lie…I just want to get better, man. I just want to be the best basketball player I can possibly be.” — Indiana guard Victor Oladipo on his midnight workouts in college

WHAT HE CAN BRING TO THE WOLVES

Oladipo is a freakish athlete who has dunk contest-like athleticism and the speed to get out in transition. Watching him on the fast-break and receiving outlet passes makes you wonder what he’d look like with Rubio and Love feeding him running down court. He has a 6-foot-9 wingspan to go along with his 6-foot-5 frame, so he definitely has the length on the perimeter along with the defensive intensity to fill that void on the Wolves’ roster. From the perimeter, Oladipo made big strides in his shot. While he took fewer than two 3-point attempts per game, he made the most of them by connecting at a 44.1 percent clip.

Minnesota Timberwolves All-Time Draft Picks

Year
Player
Pos.
School
Rd / Pick
Ht / Wt
Class
2012
Robbie Hummel
F
Purdue
2 / 58
6'8" / 215
Sr
2011
Derrick Williams
F
Arizona
1 / 2
6'8" / 248
So

Donatas Motiejunas
F/C
Italy
1 / 20
7'0" / 222
Int'l
2010
Wesley Johnson
G/F
Syracuse
1 / 4
6'7" / 215
Jr
Luke Babbitt
F
Nevada
1 / 16
6'9" / 225
So
Trevor Booker
F
Clemson
1 / 23
6'8" / 240
Sr
Paulo Prestes
C
Brazil
2 / 45
6'11" / 260
Int'l
Hamady Ndiaye
C
Rutgers
2 / 56
7'0" / 235
Sr
2009
Ricky Rubio
G
Spain
1 / 5
6'4" / 180
Int'l

Jonny Flynn
G
Syracuse
1 / 6
6'0" / 185
So

Ty Lawson
G
North Carolina
1 / 18
5'11" / 195
Jr

Wayne Ellington
G
North Carolina
1 / 28
6'4" / 200
Jr

Nick Calathes
G
Florida
2 / 45
6'6" / 194
So

Henk Norel
F
Netherlands
2 / 47
6'10" / 230
Int'l
2008
OJ Mayo
G
USC
1 / 3
6'4" / 200
Fr
Nikola Pekovic
C
Montenegro
2 / 31
6'11" / 265
Int
Mario Chalmers
G
Kansas
2 / 34
6'1" / 190
Jr
2007
Corey Brewer
F
Florida
1 / 7
6'9" / 185
Jr

Chris Richard
F
Florida
2 / 41
6'9" / 255
Sr
2006
Brandon Roy
G
Washington
1 / 6
6'6" / 215
Sr

Craig Smith
F
Boston College
2 / 36
6'7" / 250
Sr

Bobby Jones
F
Washington
2 / 37
6'7" / 215
Sr

Loukas Mavrokefalidis
F
Greece
2 / 57
6'11" / 260
Int'l
2005
Rashad McCants
G
North Carolina
1 / 14
6'4" / 207
Jr

Bracey Wright
G
Indiana
2 / 47
6'3" / 210
Jr
2004
Blake Stepp
G
Gonzaga
2 / 58
6'4" / 194
Sr
2003
Ndudi Ebi
F
Westbury Christian H.S.
1 / 26
6'9" / 195
HS

Rick Rickert
F
Minnesota
2 / 55
6'11" / 215
So
2002
Marcus Taylor
G
Michigan State
2 / 52
6'3" / 195
So
2001
Loren Woods
C
Arizona
2 / 46
7'1" / 245
Sr
2000
Igor Rakocevic
G
Yugoslavia
2 / 51
6'2" / 184
Int
1999
Wally Szczerbiak
F
Miami (Ohio)
1 / 6
6'7" / 244
Sr

William Avery
G
Duke
1 / 14
6'2" / 180
So

Louis Bullock
G
Michigan
2 / 42
6'2" / 180
Sr
1998
Rasho Nesterovic
C
Slovenia
1 / 17
7'0" / 248
Int

Andrae Patterson
F
Indiana
2 / 46
6'9" / 240
Sr
1997
Paul Grant
C
Wisconsin
1 / 20
7'0" / 245
Sr

Gordon Malone
F
West Virginia
2 / 44
6'11" / 215
Jr
1996
Ray Allen
G
Connecticut
1 / 5
6'5" / 205
Jr
1995
Kevin Garnett
F
Farragut Academy H.S.
1 / 5
6'11" / 220
HS

Mark Davis
F
Texas Tech
2 / 48
6'7" / 210
Sr

Jerome Allen
G
Pennsylvania
2 / 49
6'4" / 184
Sr
1994
Donyell Marshall
F
Connecticut
1 / 4
6'9" / 220
Jr

Howard Eisley
G
Boston College
2 / 30
6'3" / 180
Sr
1993
Isaiah Rider
G
UNLV
1 / 5
6'5" / 215
Sr

Sherron Mills
F
Virginia Commonwealth
2 / 29
6'9"
Sr
1992
Christian Laettner
F
Duke
1 / 3
6'11" / 235
Sr

Marlon Maxey
F
UTEP
2 / 28
6'8" / 250
Sr

Chris Smith
G
Connecticut
2 / 34
6'3" / 191
Sr

Tim Burroughs
F
Jacksonville
2 / 51
6'8"
Sr
1991
Luc Longley
C
New Mexico
1 / 7
7'2" / 265
Sr/Int

Myron Brown
G
Slippery Rock
2 / 34
6'3" / 180
Sr
1990
Felton Spencer
C
Louisville
1 / 6
7'0" / 265
Sr

Gerald Glass
G
Mississippi
1 / 20
6'6" / 221
Sr
1989
Pooh Richardson
G
UCLA
1 / 10
6'1" / 186
Sr

Gary Leonard
C
Missouri
2 / 34
7'1" / 246
Sr

Doug West
G
Villanova
2 / 38
6'6" / 200
Sr

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