NBA Position: SG
Hometown: Upper Marlboro, MD
High School: DeMartha
- High Motor
- Quality Defender
- Rebounds Position
- Slasher on Offense
- Inconsistent Shooter
Over the past two years Oladipo has gone from a very raw athlete to an NBA prospect. His game centers on his athleticism, energy, and defense, but the offense is emerging.
Athletically Oladipo is a prototype two guard. He has good general size at 6-5 and 201 lbs. built trim and strong. Playing with great energy is the calling card of Oladipo as he never takes a play off and is relentless on both ends of the floor. He is a well conditioned athlete capable of playing major minutes. The versatility he brings due to his athleticism allows him to guard the two, one, and in some cases undersized threes.
Footwork and length make Oladipo a talented defender. He moves his feet well on defense showing good discipline staying in front of his man. He has good length (long arms) that he uses to disrupt passing lanes. Instinctually Oladipo is an advanced defender. He deflects balls in his area and anticipates offensive players well.
In two games against high scoring Tim Hardaway Jr. the defensive abilities of Oladipo were present as he held him to 2-15 shooting from three. At this point he is not a “lock-down” defender that will erase a player from the opposing team, but he is one of the better man-to-man and team defenders in the NCAA.
On the offensive end Oladipo has improved, but is far from a finished product. He was not used as a freshman very often, but he was very efficient. As a sophomore he became a major part of the offense leading to less efficiency overall. On 22 more attempts from three Oladipo only had two more makes as a sophomore. He is getting the green light and more confidence as a shooter, but the stroke is not consistent yet. He did shoot 52% from two last year which consisted of dunks, layups, and mid-range jumpers.
As a sophomore Oladipo improved as a ball-handler showing the ability to create shots for himself as well as his teammates. For the most part Oladipo is better off the ball, but he is no longer a liability as a play-maker. For his career he still has more turnovers than assists (101:120 assist-to-turnover ratios). Outside of shooting, Oladipo improved offensively across the board as a better playmaker, rebounder, and scorer.
Entering his junior year Oladipo needs to prove he is not a liability on offense as a shooter (career 24.3% from three). It is encouraging how well Oladipo has adapted to new roles while adding to his game overall. He is a hard worker and with a high motor that never stops.