Indiana junior guard Victor Oladipo has been named the National Association of Basketball Coaches (NABC) Co-Defensive Player of the Year, announced on Sunday, April 7, at the 2013 AT&T/NABC Guardians of the Game Awards Show in Atlanta. He shares the honor with Jeff Withey from Kansas.
"First and foremost, I am humbled and blessed to receive this prestigious honor," said Oladipo. "I thought as a team we showed great improvement on the defensive end of the court this year and this is something I share with my teammates and coaches. "Coach Crean gave me my opportunity," and he gave me the chance to get better."
Oladipo, the Big Ten Defensive Player of the Year, was named the Sporting News National Player of the Year, while also earning First Team All-America honors from Sporting News, the NABC and the Associated Press. The Upper Marlboro, Md., native was also selected to the Wooden All-America team.
"Victor is certainly deserving of the recognition," said IU Coach Tom Crean. "Victor watched a lot of film above and beyond and got a knowledge base to go with those instincts and his talent and his athleticism."
At the conclusion of the regular season, Oladipo was named a First Team All-Big Ten honoree. A finalist for the Wooden Award and the Oscar Robertson Trophy, he started all 36 games this season and averaged 13.6 points and 6.3 rebounds per game. Oladipo led the Big Ten in steals (2.2 spg) and ranked among the top two in field goal percentage (59.9) in the conference. He also earned his first career Academic All-Big Ten accolade in March.
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