Former Indiana standouts Victor Oladipo and Cody Zeller were back in Bloomington earlier this week working out with Dwyane Wade, Norris Cole, Mario Chalmers, Josh McRoberts and Udonis Haslem, all members of the Miami Heat.
Wade, Cole, Chalmers and Haslem have all won multiple NBA titles with the Heat, and all were in town to train with Indiana coach Tom Crean and his staff.
Oladipo and Zeller just finished their rookie seasons, so the experience of working out with champions was a valuable one.
"It was good," Oladipo said Wednesday night in Indianapolis. "We learned a lot, me and Cody. Those guys are champions, man. They got NBA rings. Between all of them, there's probably like 12 or 13 NBA rings. It was definitely good for me and Cody to be in there with them and watch film with them and see how they pay attention to detail, too. It was big for me. I took a lot from it."
Oladipo has made his way back to Bloomington several times since the NBA season ended, even though his hometown in Maryland is nowhere near Indiana. Every chance he gets, he comes back to IU.
"I just like coming back here because I'm familiar with it," Oladipo said. "At the end of the day, it's the middle of nowhere, but it's somewhere. I can come back and still get my work in and not worry about a lot. Coach Crean always pays attention to detail. I don't forget where I came from."
Both Oladipo and Zeller were asked what advice they would give to current college players about the NBA and life after playing a full year in the league. Zeller's answer was an interesting one.
"In college, you can take a couple plays off. You can get away with a lot because, for me, I was more athletic, more talented a lot of the time," Zeller said. "But in the NBA, there's no room for error. All the details matter so much."
Zeller and Oladipo were also asked about next year's Indiana team and how they think the Hoosiers will do with a young group of talented guards.
"They're gonna be pretty good next year," Oladipo said. "I know a lot of people don't think so, but I'm looking forward to watching them."
Added Zeller: "They've got some pieces there if they can put it all together."