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Indiana basketball look-back: A star was born out of 2010 Hoosier recruiting class

Indiana university men's basketball coach Tom Crean speaks to Indiana's Victor Oladipo during the second half of a NCAA Tournament South Regional semifinal game against Kentucky earlier in their careers in Atlanta. (By The Associated Press)

You have to give former Indiana University men’s basketball coach Tom Crean credit for this much, he had been on the job for 18 months or so and done nothing much ON the court, but he was doing A LOT off it.

Following the Hoosiers’ worst season in program history in Crean’s initial season (6-25, 1-17 in Big Ten), Crean had signed a 2009 class of recruits that was ranked fifth in the country and he followed that up with getting one of the better players in Indiana history in the class of 2010.

Crean found a 6-foot-4 guard out of renowned DeMatha Catholic High School in Washington, D.C. by the name of Victor Oladipo, who was ranked as the 36th best shooting guard in the country (and you wonder why I don’t care about recruiting rankings) as part of the three-player class.

“We targeted Victor as a young man that we wanted to pursue as a part of our restoration of the Indiana program,” Crean said upon signing Oladipo. “We feel Victor will provide athleticism and skill, but most importantly a toughness and will to compete that enhances our program from the moment he steps on campus.”

With New Albany High School senior star Romeo Langford announcing his college decision on April 30 and Indiana being one of three finalists for the athlete, News-Sentinel.com college basketball reporter Tom Davis is taking a daily glance back at the previous 10 Hoosier recruiting classes.

Today’s Hoosier recruiting class: 2010

Coming Tuesday: 2011

GUY-MARC MICHEL

Crean signed the 7-foot-1 post player out of an Idaho junior college late in the signing period, but he never got the opportunity to play for the Hoosiers.

Michel had spent time with a college and pro team in France earlier in his career, which negated his opportunity to ever suit up for the Hoosiers.

WILL SHEEHEY

The 6-foot-5 guard out of Florida was a three-star prospect that signed with Oladipo in November of his senior season.

Sheehey built on a solid freshman season (32 games, seven starts and 14 minutes per game) by playing over 22 minutes per game in each of the next two seasons.

As a junior, he averaged almost 10 points and four rebounds per game and was named as the Big Ten Sixth Man of the Year.

He closed his career by averaging a career-best 11.4 points per game and started all 31 games as a senior.

VICTOR OLADIPO

Oladipo was a more refined defender than offensive player throughout his collegiate career, but he proved effective at both ends eventually.

He only started five of 32 games as a freshman and scored less than eight points per game, but took another step in his second season.

As a sophomore, Crean moved him into the starting lineup in 34 of Indiana’s 36 games and he increased his playing time from 18 to 27 minutes per night.

Oladipo was named Honorable Mention All-Big Ten and to the Big Ten Defensive Team after scoring 11 points, five rebounds and dishing two assists per game.

A star emerged during Oladipo’s junior season, however.

He averaged less than 14 points per game, yet was named as the National Player of the Year of by a number of publications because he did everything well.

Oladipo started all 36 games and played nearly 29 minutes each time.

He averaged almost seven rebounds per game to go with over two assists and two steals per game. Oladipo also led the Big Ten in shooting (57 percent).

Oladipo was named to First Team All-America lists, First Team Big Ten lists, as well as named by several organizations as its Defensive Player of the Year.

He was simply fantastic was drafted second in the 2013 NBA Draft by Orlando.

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