The future is bright at hoops powerhouse DeMatha Catholic. The reason? Guys like Victor Oladipo are coming through the program and ready for a bigger role this high school season.
Oladipo, a 6-foot-4, 180-pound guard, shined with the Triple Threat 16 and under team during the grassroots season, showing off his high-level athleticism and improved his perimeter game quite nicely.
When school starts on August 25, Olapido said he is ready to dive into the high school season and pick up where he left off in the summer.
"I enjoyed myself over the summer. I progressed in my game and I just can't wait to get better this year at DeMatha. My whole skill set got better. I'm being more aggressive but at the same time trying to learn and stay competitive," Oladipo, a class of 2010 prospect, said. "I think I got real good at [being more of a perimeter threat]. I've been working on that a lot so it's nice to see that I've progressed in that area of my game."
Taking the baton from the skilled guards that played before him at the famed Washington D.C. area school carries a lot of weight, he says.
"It means a lot to me to be a DeMatha guy. I've wanted to go there since I was in middle school. To come here and have an impact on the basketball program feels really good. I hope that it continues in my junior and senior year as well," Oladipo said. "Practices are real competitive. Everyone is always trying to take somebody else's starting spot. At the same time, we are trying to be better as a team."
Because of his play on the AAU circuit, the highly athletic and ever-improving guard has picked up a number of scholarship offers.
Maryland, UMass, Providence, George Mason and James Madison offered prior to the Vegas week. Virginia Tech offered last week, Oladipo said.
VCU, Texas, Clemson, Virginia, N.C. State and UNC Greensboro are also in the mix, he says.
Oladipo said he will likely take some unofficial visits in the fall but doesn't have any concrete plans at this stage of the game. The four-star guard also maintains that he remains open in the recruiting process.
"I don't really have any favorites. I'm just really thankful that teams are thinking about me to offer me," Oladipo said. "I happy right now just to be mentioned by some of these schools."