Oladipo hits game-winning 3 in Reach USA exhibition

Indiana freshman Victor Oladipo hit a game-winning 3-pointer with 2.2 seconds to go on Monday morning to give the Reach USA squad he and Jordan Hulls are touring with an 89-88 win over Lithuania Atletas in QiJiang, China.

Oladipo was 3-for-3 from the field with eight points and eight rebounds. Hulls was 0-for-3 and didn’t score, but had two assists.

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  1. This just goes to show that Crean recruits winners such as:
    Jordan Hulls- 1 state championship and Mr. Basketball
    Cody Zeller- 3 state championships and Mr. Basketball
    Yogi Ferrell- 2 state championships (soon to be 3) and WILL BE Mr. Basketball
    James Blackmon Jr.- 1 State champioship and only a freshman.
    These guys will win and Crean is doing a great job. We have gotten BETTER by LOSING two players who had no offence in there game. We have also added Zeller who is a better defender than Capo in the post and already has a pro level offensive game. Remy Abell and Oladipo will be just as good if not better than Rivers on defense and will also give us 12-18 points a night. I dont understand why people are so negative on here and are asking for Crean’s head, he is taking a rust bucket and turning it into a Ferrari. Relax

  2. Indiana butchered their state tournament with class basketball. Tom Crean’s recent Kentucky find, Remy Abell, could turn out to be more valuable than any of those guys listed above that have won Indiana state championships at levels shy of approaching playing with the big boys in 4-A. Gone our the days we see the unbelievable tournament heroics of a kid like Scott Skiles who led his small town Plymouth team from sectional to regional to semi-state to state while going through big city schools and powerhouse teams with far more talent and depth. Crean has done well to secure more Indiana talent, but let’s not get carried away in believing a 2-A or 3-A premier player on a state championship team is necessarily eclipsing in talent the second string kid on a Pike team that lost in a first round 4-A sectional. I’m not sure if Mr. Basketball award mean as much under this same butchered class system. It surely means the kid is of fine character, but the basketball bragging rights don’t mean what they used to the day the award came with knowing your team won many a battle against the biggest and best teams in the state.

  3. And let me add that I also believe the Indiana class system takes away the prowess the 4-A champion. We’ve all been witness to the higher-seeded team in the NCAA tournament taking too lightly the under-appreciated small school/bubble team barely squeaking into the tournament. A test of true champion is one that will never rest on laurels. It’s a shame a small school like Washington with a dominant player like Cody Zeller never got the chance to prove the ‘best’, best, not take them for granted.

  4. True but those kids did something that isnt easy. Class or no class it still takes a special type of team to win a state championship, and to win multiple times is even more impressive. Mr. Basketball in Indiana is one of the biggest awards you can get because high school basketball means that much in this State. So i wouldnt say Mr. Basketball is less important because of class. I would say it is harder to get for teams in 2-A or 3-A like Cody did and Yogi WILL. I was at Cody and Yogi’s semi state games this year and i could tell that high school basketball is still huge in Indiana, Seymour’s gym was jam packed. Forest Park the team that was playing against Yogi had one of the best student sections I have every seen in my life it was great i actually got chills thats how loud they were. So even with class high school basketball is still very popular and pure.

  5. There’s been a lot of school consolidation that has erased many a small town gym. The popularity of academies are also changing the face of high school sports. High school coaches lure kids away from their home towns/home states. There are claims it is best for the kid, but I wonder if there is a hidden plan geared toward more exposure the individual’s game as the main reason behind kids moving about. It may be great that Mitch MdGary was able to get his act together academically, but it’s a bit of a loss for the small town of Chesterton to not have a beast of a basketball player like that available for a once in a blue moon shot at a tournament run…even more special when the small town team could emerge victorious out of a South Bend regional or a Lafayette semi-state never once visited in the history their school.
    Chesterton has a very strong reputation for academic excellence(they used to be known for having one of the best speech and debate teams in the nation) and I find it difficult to believe adequate tutoring is not available any athlete struggling to do better. What would have happened to our great Indiana hoops stories told to grandchildren if guys like Larry Bird would have been lured to play for an out-of-state academies in high school?

    Final thought: I have a ton of state basketball pride like yourself, but when you glance up at every banner hanging in Assembly remember that on every one of those teams was a young man, often one of the top talents on the team, that came to Indiana from beyond her borders(Isiah Thomas, Scott May, etc). Does Butler have their two storied trips to a Final Four without Shelvin Mack?

  6. Thats very true about out of state players. Maybe just maybe Oladipo, Sheehey, and Abell will give us that type of effect. Again I say maybe

  7. I live close to Christ School, where the Plumlee brothers ran off to. They play Oak Hill Academy and a few other national powers every year. They get their mention in USA Today. But you know what? Nobody cares. Three dozen people show up for their games. All the talent there are mercenaries. What few local kids there are are viewed as having bailed on their high school teams. You can go to any public school in the county and the crowd will be at least ten times bigger at any given game (and then it’s still NOTHING like Indiana high school basketball). It looks like an open gym.

  8. Good discussion. I no longer live in the state, but I do remember the sectionals, regionals, semi-state and state finals (if you got by Crispus Attucks, Shortridge, Washington and/or Tech, then you had to worry about Southport, Ben Davis; and then, Kokomo, Anderson, New Castle, Richmond and Muncie Central. Only then could you begin to think about South Bend Central, Gary Roosevelt or West and East Chicago Washington. But always… always… you worried about a French Lick or a Milan.

    You know why? Because those kids had been playing together, usually under the same coach since they were 7. By the time you got to them, they’d had 200 ‘formal’ games and nearly 2000 ‘formal’ practices together to go along with the 10,000 or so pick-up games on a half-court on a driveway or the dust by a barn.

    Ask yourself why the single class tournament was taken down in favor of one that keeps the smaller rural/suburban /private schools separate from the larger urban schools?

    Indiana has always had basketball as its social glue and engine. Basketball best represented our state’s diversity. Oscar Robertson was as much a hero in Oolitic as Larry Bird in Anderson or George McGinnis in Elkhart.

    That, is what being a Hoosier is. If we want to live our imprint behind, we ought to use our collective energy to start a big movement (sort of an Arab Spring of Hoosier basketball) to bring back a unified class tournament to a unified Hoosier country.

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