Recap: Victor Oladipo on The Herd with Colin Cowherd

Orlando Magic rookie Victor Oladipo will make his NBA debut on October 29 in Indianapolis and the former Indiana All-American joined Colin Cowherd on Thursday morning for an interview on ESPN Radio.
The interview touched on a variety of topics, including Oladipo’s work ethic, how he improved over three years in Bloomington, compensation for college athletes and more. Here’s a recap:
On whether he heard the talk of being the player with the most upside leading up to the NBA Draft:
“I heard it a few times, but at the end of the day I feel like I have a lot to work on. I feel like I have a lot to improve on and I haven’t even scratched the surface of how good I can be. I still feel like there are some people who feel like I got drafted too high and there’s some people who believe I’m not as good as people think I am or stuff like that. I’ll always have a chip on my shoulder, always have, and I pretty much always will.”
On where the chip on his shoulder comes from:
“Just constantly growing up and getting overlooked. Just constantly people telling me I’m not good enough, I’m one dimensional and can only do one thing. I’ve always had that chip on my shoulder when I was younger until now. I’m always going to have it because I feel like there are a lot of people out there who second guess me and I’m just going to continue believing in myself and keep working so I can help my team win.”
On what kind of player he believes he can be ultimately:
“I believe I can be one of the best to play the game if I put my mind to it and really keep growing and working hard, the sky is the limit for me and the Orlando Magic program.”
On what he added to his game in college and why he got so much better at Indiana:
“I give a lot of credit to the coaching staff there. Coach (Tom) Crean and his assistant coaches were just pushing me. Constantly making uncomfortable things comfortable and comfortable things consistent. They definitely made me come off of ball screens, which I didn’t do in high school, made me handle the ball a lot, made me make decisions that I didn’t have to make in high school and made me a vocal leader. Credit them for doing that and just the constant work ethic that I have, staying in the gym and working on my game.”

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