Victor Oladipo announced Tuesday he is leaving the Indiana University men’s basketball team to enter the 2013 NBA draft.
In three years at IU, the junior guard has became a key player for the Hoosiers. In his last year he averaged 13.6 points per game and he scored more than 1,000 points during his IU career.
Oladipo will now prepare for the NBA draft this summer. He says leaving IU is difficult but he is excited to move on.
“It seemed like the best decision was to go. And like I said before, I’ll always be a Hoosier you know, and I love the people here,” Oladipo says. “They’re my family, they really are. They’re role models for me, and I’ll always come back, and I hope you guys welcome me with open arms.”
IU Head Basketball Coach Tom Crean says Oladipo has been a leader both on and off the court for his team and he expects he will take that quality with him wherever he ends up.
“It’s just an incredible thing to watch somebody that is as good as person, has the charisma, the personality, the integrity, the character to just come alive with this second to none work ethic that he has brought,” Crean says. “And it has helped transform our team, it has helped make everybody else in this program better.”
Oladipo plans to finish out the academic year at IU and graduate on May 4, his 21st birthday. He is expected to be a first round draft pick.
IU Athletics is expected to hold another press conference later to announce whether sophomore Cody Zeller will follow his teammate to the NBA.