INDIANAPOLIS — Two hours before his first NBA game, the second pick in the 2013 NBA draft hoisted jump shot after jump shot on the Bankers Life Fieldhouse court.
He then proceeded over to the section of fans that were in the crowd just for him and signed jerseys, posed for pictures and made small talk for about 15 minutes.
Victor Oladipo wasn’t wearing a blue and gold jersey, but he was clearly the rock star Tuesday night. The former Indiana standout was the No. 2 overall pick in the June draft by the Orlando Magic, and it was only fitting that his professional debut took place an hour northeast of Bloomington, the place where the 21-year-old went from unheralded recruit to First Team All-American.
“I’m kind of overwhelmed. It’s what I’ve been dreaming about for a long time,” Oladipo said prior to his debut against the Indiana Pacers. “It’s kind of ironic that I started out (in Indiana). This was home for the last few years.”