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Victor Oladipo's basketball career started with doubt. Not from Oladipo, but from everyone who saw Oladipo.
Josh Robbins of the Orlando Sentinel tells that story really well from Sunday's Orlando Sentinel:
When he was a 5-year-old kindergartner, Victor Oladipo had a best friend who played basketball. Little Victor set his heart on playing on his friend's team, the Purple Team.
That turned out to be a problem.
Victor was assigned to the Blue Team.
His mom sought an explanation from the Purple Team's coach. The coach said Victor just wasn't good enough to play on his team.
Joan Oladipo told her son the truth, and Victor remained on the Blue Team.
The Blue Team won the league title.
The doubters continued long after grade school and deep even into his college career. After going through high school at DeMatha in the Washington, D.C. area, VCU was the only "major" program that came calling until Tom Crean took a chance on him at his growing Indiana program.
It took Oladipo some time to find himself as a basketball player there too, but when he did he shot up the charts for scouts and became a top NBA prospect in his chosen draft class. He led Indiana to become one of the favorites to win the national championship last year.
Few saw Oladipo, learning a new position, to hit the ground running in the NBA even though he was selected with the second overall pick by a struggling team that would give him plenty of time to play. But that is exactly what Oladipo has done.no comments