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Drafting current Big Ten players in the NBA

I love the NBA Draft. I also love writing the occasional “what-if” article that makes people think about what could have been. Anytime I get a chance to whip up a combination of the two, I’m going to take that opportunity and run with it… In this case, sprint with it. I began thinking about past Big Ten draft picks and how they have fared in the NBA. What if every current Big Ten pro, not including this year’s draft class, was filtered into a one-round NBA Draft? I’m going to tell you, but first, let me set the guidelines

Video: Victor Oladipo wows with dunk Saturday night

Indiana product and NBA rookie Victor Oladipo continues to make quite the statement in his first pro season. A couple nights after going for a career-high 35 points, Oladipo threw down one of the more powerful and athletic slams you’ll see all season Friday night. If you missed it, don’t worry, it’s in this post. Here it is. Enjoy! The former Indiana star and No. 2 pick is making a case for NBA Rookie of the Year, averaging 13.7 points, 4.2 rebounds and 3.6 assists for the Orlando Magic. Here’s a picture of the dunk, too:

Did You See This? Victor Oladipo 'job interview'

Victor Oladipo is proof that hard work pays off. The Indiana product spent most of last offseason in the gym and it turned the previous fringe pro prospect into a guaranteed lottery pick in next week’s draft. With his improved jump shot and always-present defense, Oladipo could go as high as No. 2, according to some of the mock drafts. [ RELATED: Check out Trey Burke’s GQ Magazine photo spread ] ESPN’s Bill Simmons and Jalen Rose recently sat down with the former Indiana star, whose improved play was integral to Indiana winning the Big Ten regular-season championship and advancing

Twitter poll: Who finds most success in NBA?

Five Big Ten underclassmen declared for the NBA Draft this spring, and all five were featured prominently on episodes of BTN’s “The Journey 2013.” Indiana’s Cody Zeller and Victor Oladipo, Michigan’s Trey Burke and Tim Hardaway Jr., and Ohio State’s Deshaun Thomas all have their eyes on the June 27 draft happens at the Barclay’s Center in Brooklyn, N.Y.. So look into your crystal ball and tell us which one you think will have the most successful pro career. We’ve asked that question on Twitter, and we’re tabulating results on BTN Connect. Go to the BTN Connect main page and scroll

Just how much has Indiana lost? Here's a look

As expected, Cody Zeller joined Victor Oladipo in entering the NBA draft. Coupled with the graduations of Jordan Hulls and Christian Watford, the early departures mean Indiana will attempt to defend its Big Ten crown without its four leading scorers, and arguably best players. Just how much production has Indiana lost? Four 1,000-point scorers, for starters. I crunch all the numbers in this post. [ FACEBOOK POLL: Who will Indiana miss more: Oladipo or Zeller? ] POINTS 2012-13 team total: 2,831 Points from departures: 1,897 (Zeller, 594; Oladipo, 491; Watford, 443; Hulls, 348; Elston, 21) Percentage lost: 67 percent Leading

There was nothing keeping Oladipo at Indiana

When it came down to it, there was little keeping Victor Oladipo at Indiana. Think about it, the junior graduates next month, is fresh off a breakout season (Big Ten title, first-team AP All-America, unanimous first-team All-Big Ten, Big Ten Defensive Player of the Year), and is a projected lottery pick. Add it all up, and Oladipo’s announcement Tuesday to enter the 2013 NBA Draft is about as surprising as another sellout at Assembly Hall. Few, if any, players improved as much as Oladipo this season. He went from an inconsistent, turnover-prone athlete who made his mark on defense to,

Dienhart: To no surprise, Oladipo headed to NBA

Victor Oladipo is turning pro. Please tell me you aren’t surprised. Anyone with Internet access and an NBA draft blog projects the Indiana junior guard to be lottery selection. So, coming out makes sense for the Upper Marlboro, Md., product, who seemingly has done all he can do in college. Now, the question looms: When will sophomore teammate Cody Zeller announce his future plans? Many speculate we will hear from the 7-footer tomorrow. Last week, Ohio State’s Deshaun Thomas announced he was forgoing his senior season. Other Big Ten stars figure to make decisions soon in what

Burke, Oladipo named first-team AP All America

The 2013 AP All-America teams were announced Monday, and a quartet of Big Ten stars were honored. Michigan sophomore Trey Burke and Indiana junior Victor Oladipo made the first team, while Indiana sophomore Cody Zeller and Ohio State junior Deshaun Thomas landed on the second and third teams, respectively. Burke and Oladipo are joined on the first team by Creighton’s Doug McDermott, Georgetown’s Otto Porter Jr. and Gonzaga’s Kelly Olynyk. Burke and Porter tied as the leading vote-getters (62 of 65). Of the 15 players honored, Burke and Louisville’s Russ Smith are the only ones still in action. Burke and

Burke, Oladipo finalists for 2013 Naismith Trophy

The four finalists for the 2013 Naismith Men’s College Player of the Year were announced Sunday afternoon, and the Big Ten comprises half the field. Indiana’s Victor Oladipo and Michigan’s Trey Burke are finalists, along with Creighton’s Doug McDermott and Georgetown’s Otto Porter Jr. The finalists were chosen by the Atlanta Tipoff Club’s Board of Selectors, which based selections on individual performances throughout the regular season. The winner will be revealed April 7 in Atlanta, the home of this year’s Final Four. “These four players have performed at the highest level and have separated themselves appropriately from the other contenders,”