Victor Oladipo scored a team-high 18 points in his debut in his No. 5 Orlando Magic jersey Sunday in the NBA’s Orlando Summer League.
The former IU guard helped guide the Magic to a 95-88 win against the Boston Celtics at the Amway Center in Orlando.
In just over 33 minutes, Oladipo also dished out seven assists, another team-high. He added six rebounds and five steals to round out his stat line.
The Magic played him primarily at point guard with former Kentucky guard Doron Lamb starting at the other guard position.
While some expressed concern about Oladipo’s 3-point shooting in the NBA, he shot 2-of-3 from range in his debut. He did struggle a bit with turnovers, another area of concern entering the draft, giving the ball away six times.
Oladipo also signed his contract with the Magic Sunday, a two-year deal with two additional years as team options. The expected salaries for the first two years are $4.76 million and $4.98 million, as the NBA’s collective bargaining agreement has a scale that determines rookie salaries.
Christian Watford did not start for the Pacers in his Summer League debut, but scored three points on 1-for-4 shooting (0-3 from 3-point range) in a 76-68 loss to the Thunder.
He played in more than 10 minutes off the bench and also grabbed three rebounds.
Ferrell and Sheehey star for national team
A world away in Kazan, Russia, IU sophomore guard Yogi Ferrell and senior forward Will Sheehey each scored 15 points as Team USA cruised to a 140-46 win against the United Arab Emirates in their opening game of the World University Games.
Ferrell recorded a double-double, contributing a team-high 13 assists in his 24 minutes of action. He also had five rebounds and four steals.
Sheehey shot 7-for-13 from the field and had four assists in 18 minutes of play.
Team USA plays the Czech Republic Monday, followed by Sweden on Wednesday.
Potential recruit leads Australian U19 team
2014 IU recruiting target Dante Exum continued a recent streak of torrid play at the FIBA U19 World Championship June 27 through Sunday in Prague.
Exum’s Australian national team finished fourth, capping its tournament run with a 106-100 overtime loss Sunday against Lithuania. In the bronze medal game, Exum had a team-leading 28 points and five assists.
A 6-foot-6-inch guard capable of playing either backcourt spot, Exum made headlines with a 33-point outburst in Australia’s 87-76 upset of favored Spain Friday.
Eligible to enroll in school as soon as January 2014 and enter the draft next year, Exum has long maintained his plan is to attend college for at least a year. While he is the son of former North Carolina player Cecil Exum, the younger Exum said in a recent story by zagsblog.com that the Tar Heels are not currently recruiting him.
Instead, IU appears among the frontrunners for Exum’s services if he does choose the college route, at least from a travel perspective. Exum’s only visit to a college thus far was to IU Jan. 12 for the Hoosiers’ 88-81 win against Minnesota.
Nonetheless, Exum’s recent play has seen him vault up early 2014 draft boards. He recently climbed to No. 3 on a 2014 mock draft on draftexpress.com
Hulls signs with Polish club
After not being drafted or picked up by any summer league teams as an undrafted free agent, former IU guard Jordan Hulls has signed a contract to play in Poland with Energa Czarni Slupsk. On the team’s official page, a news article translated to English calls Hulls “the new quarterback of our team.”