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Two of the best college basketball players in the entire nation, just so happen to play for Indiana University. Victor Oladipo and Cody Zeller have used their combined skills to make IU one of the favorites to win the NCAA Tournament 2013 this year.
The question is which one of these players will make a better NBA prospect?
Zeller came into this season as the consensus favorite to be the best player in the country. He has responded by improving his statistics from last season. This year Zeller has averaged 16.5 points per game to go along with eight rebounds. He has also shot a consistently impressive 57 percent from the field.
Zeller’s shown a big man offensive skill set, which has been unmatched in the deep Big 10 conference. He has always been defended by the most physical big man on opposing teams and still manages to put up impressive numbers. He also has proven to be very calm and composed down the stretch of close games: showcasing his ability to hit a game winning shot or to draw a foul. Not to mention the fact that he scored the go-ahead bucket in IU’s season finale against Michigan to clinch the Big 10 regular season crown.
That said, Zeller may not be as strong as some of the NBA’s best big men and he won’t be able to dominate the league in any sense; But his tenaciousness under the basket combined with his ability to hit jump shots from up to 18 feet away should make him a competent offensive threat, if not a reliable scorer. He’s also shown winning intangibles and is typically the first one on the floor for a loose ball. He never seems to give up until he hears a whistle.
It would wouldn’t be crazy to forsee Zeller having the type of career that David West has had in the NBA although he will not come into the league as good of a defender as West did.
Victor Olidipo is a little bit tougher to judge. He may not have one raw skill that is easy to point out, but he does have something special about him that is hard to put a finger on. It just gives you the feeling he could be great.
Olidipo has averaged 14 points a game and six rebounds as a guard. He has also shot an incredible 63 percent from the field. Combine that with a reckless sort of tenacity that allows him to get to the basket and he always seems to be wherever the ball is. Some have drawn comparisons to Dwyane Wade. But while most players with that reputation are shaky with certain fundamentals, Olidipo already has a quality three-point shot.
In all likelihood, Zeller will be drafted ahead of Olidipo because he is seven feet tall. But both players have a future in the NBA. Both players are very unique. And half the fun in watching Indiana play is trying to figure out which of the two players is more important to their success.
Graphic: Scott Jacobs
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The just completed Big Ten regular season might go down as the best in conference history. Along those same lines, the Big Ten Tournament promises to be an elite event from top to bottom. Stuff all 12 participants into a single NCAA tournament region and it would be one of the most intriguing brackets in recent memory. The conference is loaded. Nobody is safe.
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YES! YES! YES!
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Here’s a look at five takeaways from IU’s win over the Wolverines:
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Thanks to our friends at Inside the Hall for passing along this post game footage of Tom Crean, Victor Oladipo, Cody Zeller and Jordan Hulls after Indiana’s win in Ann Arbor.
Oladipo, Zeller and Hulls after the jump.
Around the Hall is recommended reading from the Inside the Hall staff.
· Gary Parrish of CBS Sports weighs-in from Ann Arbor on a fitting finish to the Big Ten regular season.
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· Andrew Sharp of SBNation...
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Watch and listen to their postgame reaction in the embedded media players below:
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