Explosive Indiana Hoosiers shooting guard Victor Oladipo wisely decides to bolt from Bloomington

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Victor Oladipo made the right decision.

Graduating college in three years, explosive Indiana Hoosiers shooting guard Victor Oladipo wisely declared for the NBA Draft on Tuesday.

The 6-foot-5, 215 pound Oladipo, born to Nigerian parents and raised in Hyattsville, Maryland, averaged 13.6 points, 6.3 boards and 2.1 assists over 36 games.

“It’s been an honor to play here at Indiana, but I will be entering the NBA draft,” said Oladipo, 20, who rightfully earned first-team All-Big 10 and first-team AP All-America honors as a junior.

As a tenacious, lockdown defender with tremendous athleticism and leaping ability, some analysts have compared the standout Hoosier to a young Dwyane Wade or even, gasp, Michael Jordan.

Forgoing their respective senior campaigns, Wade went fifth overall to the Miami Heat in 2003 and Jordan was selected with the third pick in the 1984 draft by the Chicago Bulls.

A burgeoning, yet still raw, talent, Oladipo is nowhere near as polished as either Wade or Jordan was when opting to turn professional.

Regardless, owning a diploma and ranking No. 5 on DraftExpress.com’s top 100 and No. 6 on Chad Ford’s top 100 at ESPN Insider, there is zero reason for the “Little America” native to return to Assembly Hall in the autumn.

After struggling a bit initially, Oladipo’s famed diligence and preparation will pay dividends and the aerial artist will thrive in the association within a few seasons.

A likable man with unlimited potential, it will be “an honor” to watch Victor Oladipo mature into an NBA superstar.

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