Catching Up With ... Victor Oladipo
Sept. 2, 2011
BLOOMINGTON, Ind. - Victor Oladipo is entering his sophomore season with the Cream and Crimson. The Upper Marlboro, Md., native averaged 7.4 points per game and 3.7 rebounds per contest as a freshman. He took some time to talk with IUHoosiers.com about the summer and the influence of his family.
Describe your on-the-court mentality:
Who are some of the players that you try to emulate on the court?
"And of course I watch all the greats - Michael Jordan and Magic Johnson - and try to take things from their games. Even the way they act on the court or their mentality so I can stand out."
On what he likes most about Dwyane Wade's game:
On trying to prove those who said he wouldn't make it wrong:
On the first time that someone doubted him playing basketball:
The last thing I remember is people saying `you will go to a low-major or Division II' and I was a freshman in high school at the time. So I looked at that as `I just have to keep working'. Around my sophomore year, it started to click with me that I could go to a high-major and right then and there, I decided to keep working hard. And I've been working hard ever since."
If your teammate had to describe you on and off the court in one word, what would it be? And why?
"And off the court when I'm enthusiastic with people and outgoing and welcome people, it gives them a good first impression of me and it changes how they feel and brings a good feeling to their life. That's how I was raised and I've been like that my whole life."
On being viewed as a basketball player and not just an athlete:
On the influence of his family
"At first, my parents didn't really want me to play because they didn't want it to get in the way of my studies because those were more important. I think it was my mom that spoke to my dad and convinced him to let me play and I've been playing ever since. But my dad isn't really big on athletics or basketball, so he doesn't like to come and watch me play a lot. But he would take me to practices and games and pick me up and watch me play. But he really doesn't understand what is going on.
"But my mother has been there since I can remember. She is a fan of basketball now and she has grown to love it just like me. If it wasn't for her, I probably would even be playing basketball right now.
"My dad works at the health department and he is always working, non-stop. I remember the early days of my life, he would work three or four jobs.
"My mom went to nursing school and graduated and is now a nurse at the county hospital. But they have always been busy the entire lives. My dad would come home late all the time but he works hard so I think that's where I get it. He and my mother work hard, they never stop so that's where I get my drive and my energy. If it wasn't for them, I wouldn't be here now."
On the summer and the development the team has made:
"We are going to continue working because we have to get this thing back. These fans deserve it. The people and the university deserve it and I am ready. And I know my teammates are ready as well to get started this season."
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