The 2017 NBA Africa Game has come and gone. And, although, Team Africa lost to Team World, Victor Oladipo, who was on Team Africa, emerged the most valuable player at the end of the big game.
Born in Maryland to a Sierra Leonean father and a Nigerian mother, Oladipo played basketball in high school and led his school to victory in various competitions. After graduation, he was offered a scholarship to study at Indiana University.
His love for basketball made him major in Sports Communication. In his junior season, Oladipo emerged as one of the biggest stars in the US, gathering several awards like the Sporting News Men’s College Basketball Player of the Year, and the National Co-Defensive Player of the Year.
Oladipo decided to forego his senior season in college and enter the NBA draft in 2013. He was subsequently signed by the Orlando Magic. After three years there, he moved to Oklahoma City Thunder on an $84 million contract before joining the Indiana Pacers this year.
Voted Dunk of the Year at the NBA Awards this June, 25-year-old Oladipo is known for entertaining fans with his athleticism. He showed this at the NBA Africa Game when he scored by throwing the ball up, catching it midair and slamming it through the hoop. With such talent and his love for Nigerian jollof, Oladipo could easily pass as Nigerians’ favourite NBA player.
Watch him score at the NBA Africa Game below:
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