Victor Oladipo is home — sort of.
Oladipo is originally from Maryland, but he spent three years in Bloomington, Indiana as a standout guard for Indiana. His junior season, the Hoosiers won the Big Ten champions and Oladipo was named Big Ten Defensive Player of the Year.
Now Oladipo is back in the state with the Indiana Pacers, and the area has embraced him. So it was little surprise that when he was tasked with hyping up the Lucas Oil Stadium crowd before the Indianapolis Colts’ game against the Denver Broncos on Thursday, the arena erupted. See for yourself:
Victor Oladipo, hitting the anvil before the Colts game. Doing his “this is my city” point. Crowd went nuts. pic.twitter.com/CzTWxza0GG
— Tricia Whitaker (@TriciaWhitaker) December 15, 2017
Oladipo was drafted second overall by the Orlando Magic in the 2013 draft, and after a brief stint in Oklahoma City last season, is enjoying a breakout season with the Pacers. He’s averaging 24.3 points, 4.1 assists and 5.3 rebounds, and nearly led the Pacers to a win over the Oklahoma City Thunder and Paul George, his former team and who he was traded for, on Wednesday night. The Thunder escaped with a 100-95 win, but Oladipo scored 19 points and had five rebounds, six assists and two steals.
Now, back in the state that fell in love with him in college, Oladipo is being talked about as a potential All-Star for the first time in his career. And Indiana is fully behind him.
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