Oladipo In Bloomington

Victor Oladipo has two official visits planned to the state of Indiana, and he thinks that might be all it takes for him to make his college choice.

The 6-foot-4, 180-pound guard from DeMatha High School in Hyattsville, Md.,  is in Bloomington this weekend for an official visit with IU. He has another visit planned for Notre Dame on Sept. 18. He has several other scholarship offers and said Clemson, North Carolina State and North Carolina-Charlotte are the other three schools that are still in the running, but he may make a decision before visiting any of them.

“There’s a possibility I might not (visit the other schools),” said the Rivals.com three-star recruit, ranked as the 133rd overall prospect in the 2010 class.  “It all depends. … If I go to a school and decide this is where I’m supposed to be, I’m going to commit.”

Oladipo (pronounced O-Lah-DI-po) gave the impression that Indiana could be that school, though he said he will likely at least hold off on a commitment until after the Notre Dame visit.

“It’s going real well so far,” Oladipo said by phone Friday night. “I like the campus a lot. I like the atmosphere. … I like how everybody’s interested in Indiana’s basketball and Indiana sports period. I was at the football game last night, it was a great atmosphere, with a lot of students.”

It also helps, Oladipo said, that the Hoosiers already have one of his long-time friends in the fold. IU freshman guard Maurice Creek is a native of Oxon Hill, Md., and he and Oladipo played together on AAU teams in the D.C. area.

“I’m familiar with his game and he’s familiar with mine,” Oladipo said. “… He’s saying it’s a great place and that it will be a perfect fit for me.”

Also attractive to Oladipo, he said, is the opportunity to help rebuild a basketball powerhouse.

“I think they have all the tools they need to put Indiana back to where it was before, he said. “I wouldn’t mind being a part of something like that.”

8 comments

  1. Ok lets see…. Listed on the new IU basketball player list this season are:
    6’8″ to 7’0″= 6 players
    6’5″ to 6’6″= 4 players We have 10 players over 6’5″.
    Kentucky=11, Kansas & Duke=9, North Carolina and Butler=8
    and Purdue=7. So to use your spelling of the word please,
    Puh-leze. and back at you- How many teams have won it all without great guards? You have to have a mix, but our roster of
    bigs is higher than most good BB Schools. Don’t get so excited
    Coach has it under control and he likes 3 or 4 big guards on his
    1st team. Get use to it.

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