Oladipo, Zeller Among Top 4 Picks in 2013 NBA Draft
June 27, 2013
BROOKLYN, N.Y. - History was made at the 2013 NBA Draft at the Barclay's Center in Brooklyn, N.Y., when Indiana had two players selected within the first four picks for the first time in program history. Victor Oladipo was drafted 2nd overall by the Orlando Magic and while Cody Zeller was selected 4th overall by the Charlotte Bobcats.
Thursday also signals the fifth time IU has had at least two players taken in the first round of the Draft (2013, 2008, 1993, 1981, 1976). Oladipo is the highest drafted player from Indiana since Isiah Thomas was chosen second in the 1981 NBA Draft by the Detroit Pistons.
They become the first IU teammates to be picked in the first round of the same draft since 2008, when Eric Gordon (7th) and D.J. White (29th) were both taken in the first round. They are the first IU teammates to be taken in the first 15 picks since 1976, when Scott May (2nd) and Quinn Buckner (7th) accomplished the feat.
Oladipo is the 2nd IU player to be drafted by the Orlando Magic (Brian Evans - 27th, 1996) and Zeller becomes the first IU player selected by the Charlotte Bobcats franchise.
The two selections so far gives Indiana a Big Ten-best 73 NBA Draft selections all-time.
Oladipo closed his career at Indiana with a career average of 10.7 points, 5.2 rebounds, 1.5 steals and 1.7 assists in 104 career games. He ranks third at Indiana in career steals (161) and owns 1,117 career points, ranking 37th all-time at IU. During the 2012-13 campaign, he averaged 13.6 points, 6.3 rebounds, 2.2 steals and 2.1 assists per game while helping lead the Hoosiers to their second consecutive NCAA Sweet Sixteen for the first time since 1994 and the Hoosiers' first outright Big Ten regular season championship since 1993. This season, Oladipo set Indiana's single-season record in steals (78) and led the Big Ten in field goal percentage (59.9) and steals (2.2).
"This means everything to me," Oladipo said. "Having my family here. Coach Crean, he's done so much for me and I wouldn't be in this position without him. I definitely wouldn't be here going all the way back to my high school coach and my AAU coaches. It's just an amazing atmosphere and without them I definitely wouldn't be here. I just thank God and I give God the glory."
The NABC National Co-Defensive Player of the Year and Big Ten Defensive Player of the Year, Oladipo was named the Sporting News National Player of the Year, while also earning First Team All-America honors from Sporting News, the NABC and the Associated Press. The Upper Marlboro, Md., native was also selected to the Wooden All-America team. At the conclusion of the regular season, Oladipo was named a First Team All-Big Ten honoree. A finalist for the Wooden Award and the Oscar Robertson Trophy, he also earned his first career Academic All-Big Ten accolade in March.
Zeller, a native of Washington, Ind., led the Hoosiers during his sophomore campaign with 16.5 points, 8.1 rebounds and 1.3 blocks per game. He ranked among the top-five in the Big Ten in scoring, rebounds and field goal percentage (56.2) in the 2012-13 season. In 72 career games at Indiana, Zeller averaged 16.1 points, 7.3 rebounds, 1.3 assists, 1.2 blocks and 1.2 steals per game. He helped lead the Hoosiers to back-to-back NCAA Sweet Sixteen's for the first time since 1994 and the program's first outright Big Ten regular season championship since 1993. During his tenure at IU, the Hoosiers have led all major college conference teams in field goal percentage (48.7), 3-point field goal percentage (41.6), free throws made (1327) and free throws attempted (1762). He owns 1,157 career points, ranking 36th all-time at Indiana and holds IU's record for career field goal percentage at 59.1.
"It says a lot," Zeller said after his selection. "It says a lot about our coaching staff and it says a lot about the hard work we've put in. I think Indiana is going to be good for a long time." Zeller, the 2012 Big Ten Freshman of the Year and a consensus Freshman All-American, earned several preseason national player of the year honors his sophomore season. At the conclusion of the 2012-13 season, he was named a Basketball Times and Sports Illustrated First Team All-American and a Capital One First Team Academic All-American. He earned a spot on the John R. Wooden All-America Team, while also being a named a Second Team All-American by the Associated Press, USBWA and the NABC. He earned third team honors from Sporting News and was a First Team All-Big Ten and All-Big Ten Tournament selection. Zeller also earned All-Tournament Team honors from the Legends Classic, a tournament the Hoosiers won in November. He also earned Academic All-Big Ten honors.
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