Oladipo, Zeller are making the right decision
Saturday, April 13, 2013 5:00 AM
We fans can yearn all we want for the good old days, when college basketball programs such as Indiana could count on a four-year commitment from the players they recruited. But it wouldn't change the decisions by Victor Oladipo and Cody Zeller to leave their Hoosier team after three and two years, respectively. And it wouldn't make their decisions wrong.
The two are virtually guaranteed to be selected in the first 14 picks in the NBA draft. If Oladipo goes No. 5 or No. 6, as he's projected, his first-year salary would be between $2.64 million and $2.91 million. At least. He actually could sign for 120 percent of those numbers based on the league's collective bargaining agreement.
If Zeller goes No. 10 or No. 11, as projected, his first-year salary would be between, at least, $1.83 million and $1.93 million.
Oladipo will earn his IU degree in May, and it would be a shock if the studious Zeller didn't earn his within the next year or so. These will be two college grads who have the jobs they want at salaries few can even imagine.
IU fans no doubt wanted them to stay in Bloomington. But they made the right decisions for themselves and their families. They had to go.
Good luck to them both.