What a night for the Indiana Hoosiers.
Cody Zeller and Victor Oladipo were two of the first four names called at Thursday night's NBA Draft. Oladipo went second overall to Orlando while Zeller was taken fourth by Charlotte, making for a historic draft for Indiana.
It was easily the best draft for the Hoosiers since 1976, when three Indiana players -- Scott May (2), Quinn Buckner (7) and Bob Wilkerson (11) -- went in the first 11 picks. This marks the fifth time that two Hoosiers were selected in the first round of a draft. Oladipo is the highest Indiana player chosen since Kent Benson went first overall in 1977. The last time the Hoosiers had two players taken in the first round was 2008, when Eric Gordon (seventh) and D.J. White (29th) went in round one.
Never mind that Charlotte and Orlando are the two worst teams in the NBA. Now isn't the time for that. I think I speak for every Indiana fan out there when I say I couldn't be happier for these two guys.
Oladipo was projected to be one of the top picks, but Zeller going fourth was somewhat of a shocker. Most mock drafts had Zeller going anywhere from fifth to 12th.
Another shocker was what Cleveland did with the first pick. The Cavaliers took UNLV's Anthony Bennett. Most of the pre-draft talk centered around Oladipo, Nerlens Noel and Alex Len for the No. 1 pick, but Bennett ended up being the Cavs' choice.
Noel's slide was the other story of the opening round. Noel, the presumed top pick for the majority of the last 12 months, fell to New Orleans at No. 6.
A slew of Indiana opponents from this past year were taken early -- No. 3 Otto Porter (Washington), No. 8 Kentavious Caldwell-Pope (Detroit), No, 9 Trey Burke (Minnesota, possible trade) and No. 11 Michael Carter-Williams (Philadelphia).
Christian Watford has a minimal chance of being taken late. If he did get picked, it would make it just an all-around fantastic night for Indiana.
Much will be written about how great it is for recruiting and publicity to have two guys picked in the top four. Let me just say this: I LOVE IT.
Congrats to Victor, Cody, the Hoosiers coaching staff and the entire IU basketball family.