Indiana University guard Victor Oladipo fulfilled a lifelong dream Thursday when NBA Commissioner David Stern announced his name during the NBA Draft. Oladipo was selected with the 2nd overall pick by the Orlando Magic.
Oladipo is the highest Indiana draft pick since Isaiah Thomas was taken with the 2nd pick of the 1981 Draft.
After taking the stage at the Barclays Center in Brookyln the Sporting News Player of the Year made sure to thank the man that helped make the moment possible, IU head coach Tom Crean.
“Coach Crean has done so much for me, without him I wouldn’t be here.”
Oladipo’s draft stock rose remarkably after last season. The guard/forward set Indiana’s single-season record in steals (78) and led the Big Ten in field goal percentage (59.9) and steals (2.2 spg).
He joins a team that needs a boost, the Magic had the worst record in the NBA last season.
“I want to come in and help the program, I’m going to help get the program back.”