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Victor Oladipo myths: Bruce Pearl gets his facts wrong on former DeMatha standout

Victor Oladipo, not on the bench. (File photos)

Bruce Pearl, the former Tennessee basketball coach, went on Pardon The Interruption to discuss college hoops Thursday. No problems so far! But then hosts Tony Kornheiser and Michael Wilbon brought up Indiana’s Victor Oladipo, who was coming off an impressive performance against Michigan State.

That’s when Pearl’s retelling of Oladipo’s high school career made every D.C. high school hoops junkie shake his head:

“This guy didn’t start at DeMatha High School as a senior. He couldn’t shoot. He couldn’t dribble. He was a 6-3 power forward that Tom Crean took a chance on four years ago.”

But Oladipo actually did start at DeMatha as a senior. He could shoot and dribble just fine, earning first-team All-Met honors. Local high school guru Josh Barr profiled Oladipo back then. The headline: “Victor Oladipo has had an incredible career.”

DeMatha Coach Mike Jones took to Twitter to help set things straight about his former player:




And for anyone still wondering if Victor could dribble and shoot back in the day, we offer this highlight tape:

This concludes Recruiting Insider’s moonlighting as Fact Checker of PTI’s Five Good Minutes. Seen an All-Met being misrepresented in the media? Tweet us and we’ll help set things straight.

Matt McFarland is the editor of Innovations. He's always looking for the next big thing. You can find him on Twitter and Facebook.



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