Indiana University guard Victor Oladipo announces decision to enter NBA draft

Oladipo graduating in May, going pro

BLOOMINGTON, Ind. - Indiana University and junior guard Victor Oladipo announced the player's decision to enter the NBA draft in a Tuesday afternoon news conference.

"It's been an honor to play here at Indiana," Oladipo said. "I'll be going on and entering the NBA Draft, and it's an honor. To be an Indiana Hoosier means so much to me, and I'll always be an Indiana Hoosier."

Oladipo was widely expected to enter the NBA Draft. Most experts think this is a down year for the draft, with fewer high-quality prospects than in other years.

Because of that, many believe the time is right for Oladipo to take his skills to the professional level.

IU coach Tom Crean joined Oladipo for the announcement.

"What  Victor Oladipo means to us, what he has meant to me and my family and our coaching staff... it's really hard to describe it," Crean said.

Crean added that Oladipo has earned his opportunity and it's been a privilege for the coach to watch him develop to this point.

"Victor epitomizes to me what it means to have someone that deserves to have those options," Crean said. "He didn't have them handed to him ... he went out and took them."

Oladipo was recently named co-defensive player of the year. He had previously earned the Big Ten defensive player of the year award.

Oladipo averaged 13.6 points and 6.3 rebounds a game this season. He also led the Big Ten in steals.

Oladipo will graduate from Indiana University in May, and he said being able to get his degree this year was a big factor in his decision to leave IU.

Crean said they will start the process of finding an agent for Oladipo soon.

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