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An Indiana University player creating national buzz in college basketball is highlighted in the latest Sports Illustrated (SI) magazine.

Hoosier guard Victor Oladipo is profiled in the special NCAA Tournament edition, which will hit stands on Wednesday.

In the piece, SI senior writer Tim Layden describes Oladipo’s career from an overlooked recruit to one of the best players in the nation.  Layden also discusses the player’s relationship with his father, which is believed to have an impact on his performance.

“The effect of this father-son relationship is impossible to fully know,” Layden writes. “He is very close to his mother and three sisters, all of whom text him constantly. He has improved dramatically as a player, and some suggest that this is partly because of his odd relationship with his father.”

Regardless of what led to his success, Oladipo is now a player talked about among NBA scouts.

“Here’s a guy who was just barely on [the NBA’s] radar at the start of the year, probably not even in the top 100 in the country,” said an NBA scout to Layden. “Now he’s probably going to go in the lottery. It’s very unusual to make a climb like that in one year.”

Some of the honors Oladipo received this year include Big Ten Defensive Player of the Year, First Team All-Big Ten, and National Player of the Year (Sports News).

The junior is one of four players featured on four regional SI covers.  Other players include Kansas’ Ben McClemore, Gonzaga’s Kelly Olynyk and Syracuse’s Michael Carter Williams.

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