Victor Oladipo was an unknown when he arrived on campus in Bloomington, Indiana. He was not chased after or pined over like other No. 2 picks might have been coming out of high school. This moment was not in his future.
A three-star prospect out of Dematha Catholic High School in Hyatsville, Md., had offers from Indiana and then George Mason, Maryland, VCU and SMU. Hardly the murderer's row of college programs.
Three years later, Oladipo was realizing his dream. The moment came as something of a surprise as the Orlando Magic selected Victor Oladipo with the second pick in the NBA Draft.
"It was when David Stern called my name," Oladipo said on when he found out the Magic would take him. "It was just a surreal experience. It was definitely an unbelievable experience. I'm glad I got to do it with my family and my friends. Just going down there on a visit to Orlando was crazy. It was fun. They knew what they were doing, it was very thorough and I had a great time. I'm glad I'm able to go out there and impact winning and help change the program in a positive way."
The 6-foot-5 guard averaged 13.6 points per game while shooting 59.9 percent from the floor and 44.1 percent from beyond the arc.
Oladipo's offensive skills are growing too. His scoring has increased each of his three years. He saw his effective field goal percentage rise to 64.8 percent last year and his true shooting percentage stood at a solid 67.1 percent. Both were tops in the Big Ten and top 10 in the nation.
There was a lot to like about Oladipo according to Magic general manager Rob Hennigan.
"We like Victor because we feel like Victor has a work ethic and an approach to the game that will allow him to continually improve," Hennigan said. "We felt that way about a lot of players. It was his approach, his work ethic and his tenacity which really resonated with us."
It was a breakout junior season for Oladipo who before last year was only a defensive player. That hustle and effort will not go away as he goes to the pros. He said he feels his skills will translate.
"I definitely see it transferring over and that's because of my constant work ethic," Oladipo said. "And I'm going to keep working at it. I'm definitely going to get intot he gym and work on my offensive game and try to be the best at it. I definitely see it transferring and I just can't wait to get started and showcase my skill."