Some have called him the human highlight reel, yet he wasn’t named the Big Ten player of the year in men’s basketball this season.
But on Wednesday, Indiana junior Victor Oladipo was rewarded for a season full of highlights by Sporting News, which named him the national player of the year.
That means Indiana had the preseason and postseason national players of the year by Sporting News, and they were different players. Cody Zeller was the publication’s preseason national player of the year.
Oladipo, a 20-year-old guard, is averaging 13.7 points per game and shooting 61.7 percent from the field heading into the Big Ten Tournament, which starts today.
The Big Ten Conference player of the year was Michigan guard Trey Burke.
Oladipo was voted first-team all-Big Ten by the league’s coaches and media earlier in the week. He also was selected the Big Ten defensive player of the year.
“There are a lot of moments,” Oladipo said of the season. “I’m just playing hard, and when I feel like I can have a block on someone or a steal, get up into somebody — when I feel like I can do that I’m going to.
“Because I feel like my teammates thrive on energy like that, when I play at a high level. That’s big for our team.”
Former Ohio State star and Indiana Pacers forward Clark Kellogg, now a college basketball analyst for CBS, recently said of Oladipo, “He’s like a baby’s bottom, smooth and sometimes explosive.”
Some experts think Oladipo will leave Indiana after the season and enter the NBA Draft, and many feel he will cash in because of the great year he had at Indiana.