SUWANEE, Ga. — Future Indiana guard Al Durham had a chance to spend time with one of Indiana’s best former guards.
Durham this past week played in the Victor Oladipo camp and hung out with the current Oklahoma City Thunder and former IU All-American guard.
“We just talked. He’s just a regular person. We talked about normal things, about basketball things. He gave me a few hints and tips about the NBA, about what he works on and his drills,” Durham told Peegs.com this afternoon.
“He gave me his number and told me to contact him whenever I need him, and he’ll contact me whenever he needs me. That’s just how it is. It’s like a family thing.”
Oladipo was the No. 2 pick in the 2013 NBA draft after his junior year at Indiana after entering college as a non-top 100 recruit out of high school.
Durham and Oladipo have interacted before, at last year’s Oladipo camp and also at the CP3 camp run by NBA guard Chris Paul.
“It’s unreal. Usually when you look at superstars, it’s not that they don’t have time, but you think they’re busy with basketball, with working out and everything they have gong on,” Durham said.
“Victor is always in the gym. It’s like having a big brother where you want to be. You want to be just like him. He’s like CP3 and the rest of those guys. He’s giving hints, cracking jokes, having fun.”
The two had a chance to dive into some specifics on basketball while at the camp held at Oladipo’s former high school DeMatha in Hyattsville, Md.
“He was giving me pointers on coming off screens and how you have to have options A, B, C, D. How if they cut off this, you have to have these counter options, and if they take that, you have to have a counter option to the counter option,” Durham said.
Durham played in the Oladipo camp despite needing 19 stitches in his mouth after a blow to the face he took on a layup at the Peach Invitational Tournament the week before in Augusta, Ga.
“It’s feeling much better than before,” Durham said with a smile.