Oladipo, Zeller taken in top four picks of NBA Draft
IU's Victor Oladipo has been selected by the Orlando Magic with the second overall pick in the NBA draft.
"I'm going to come in and, you know, help impact the program in a positive way on both ends of the floor," Oladipo told ESPN after the pick. "I'm going to bring a work ethic they probably never seen before."
The 6-foot-4 Oladipo was a first-team AP All-American after averaging 13.6 points, 6.3 rebounds and 2.1 assists as a junior, leading the Hoosiers to their first outright Big Ten regular-season championship in 20 years. He set Indiana's record for steals in a season (78) and led the Big Ten with a .599 field goal percentage.
The Magic are coming off an NBA-worst 20-62 season after six straight playoff seasons and a trip to the NBA Finals in 2009.
Oladipo's Indiana teammate, Cody Zeller, was taken two picks later by the Charlotte Bobcats. He said the picks reflect on the program at Indiana.
"Says a lot about our coaching staff. Says a lot about the hard work we put in," Zeller said. "I enjoyed my two years at Indiana, on and off the basketball court, but I'm excited for my time in Charlotte."
Bobcats general manager Rich Cho said earlier in the week the Bobcats needed a big man and the 7-foot, 240-pound Zeller should provide help on the boards.
Zeller averaged 16.5 points and 8.1 rebounds last season as a sophomore for the Hoosiers. He finished as Indiana's career record holder in field goal percentage, shooting 59.1 percent from the floor.
The selections mark the first time in history two IU players were drafted in the top five of the NBA draft.
"I always and forever will be a Hoosier," Oladipo said.
The Indiana Pacers hold the 23rd pick of the first round.