Even as Indiana struggled in Tom Crean's third year, freshman guard Victor Oladipo had a rather promising start to his Indiana career. Oladipo flashed a good deal of raw offensive talent, and he was one of the most efficient players on a team that did, for all its faults, boast a few scorers with the ability to put the ball in the basket. (Offense was never Indiana's problem. Fouls and late-game meltdowns were. But that's an analysis for another time.)
Before today, that's what we knew about Oladipo: good scorer, athletic talent, promising freshman. After today, we know something else: The man can do a rather mean Usher impression.
Performing at the Spirit of Indiana Showcase -- Indiana's new year-end athletics awards ceremony -- Oladipo unveiled a vocally impressive rendition of Usher's R&B pop hit "U Got It Bad." In fact, Oladipo sounds remarkably like Usher; I assumed he was lip-syncing until he paused on the mic to reveal no backing track behind him.
But don't take my word for it: Thanks to a YouTube recording released by Indiana, you can see for yourself:
See? Pretty good! Really good, even.
Of course, Victor didn't recreate any of Usher's trademark dance moves. But hey, the kid's still a freshman. There's plenty of time to expand his game in the offseason. At the very least, Oladipo just became his teammates' go-to singer in any future game of Rock Band.
(Hat tip: Reader Phillip Smith)