By Jamieson Welsh.
Right after Victor Oladipo hit the session ending three-point shot to give his squad the win in today’s scrimmage, I had a chance to have a quick chat with him. We talk all things from his experience at team USA camp, his rookie year, being on Jordan Brand and much more.
How would you evaluate your day two performance?
I think I did OK. Still room for improvement. I did a great job of competing at both ends of the floor, I just gotta keep on getting better at that.
What were some of the things you wanted to improve upon in this training camp?
Just being able to try score the ball in different ways. The biggest thing I’ve got to improve on is definitely the exposure. I’m out here playing with the best in the world, you know, All-Stars and elite players in our league and so I’m just blessed and fortunate for the opportunity.
Seems like you have that dog in you; you like going against the best, am I right?
Yeah, it’s no question. Coming from PG County… There’s was a lot of great players from our County growing up and that’s what we had to continue to do to prove ourselves.
What are some of the things going into year two that you want improve upon?
Being a leader is one big thing. Being a consistent leader and working hard. I think the biggest thing is like I said, being a leader. Being able to be lead my team when things are going good and when things are going bad. Just be consistent.
What was your most memorable rookie experience this past year?
Playing my first game in Indiana, where I went to school at and them giving me a standing ovation while I got subbed in was an experience ill never forget. I was nervous but it was a great opportunity for me. I’m looking forward to doing it all over again. But, hopefully we can get a win this time!
How much easier is it being here with a teammate (Tobias Harris) going through the same process?
It is a lot easier. I pretty much spend a lot of time with him. He lives down the hall from me in Orlando so it’s great to experience something like this with someone you’re so close to. It’s great to have him here. Someone I can hangout with, someone I can talk to about anything, pretty much.
How is it being on Jordan Brand?
Its a great experience, blessed and fortunate to be apart of an experience that is bigger than myself and I’m looking forward to the future that holds with Jordan Brand. I’m just going to continue to keep going.
Jamieson Welsh is a #BTHype US Correspondent & will be covering games across the West Coast for believethehypeNBA.com this season. He’s currently covering Team USA Camp for Castle Country Radio. Follow him on Twitter:@theejamieson