Indiana star Oladipo leaving for NBA

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Oladipo may not be the only underclassmen Indiana has to replace next season.

Zeller, the 7-foot sophomore center, led Indiana in scoring (16.3) and rebounding (8.1) and was considered a top-three pick for most of the season. Many believe that Zeller, Indiana’s 2011 Mr. Basketball and a three-time state champ, will try to join his older brothers, Tyler and Luke, in the NBA next season.

Crean didn’t discuss Zeller’s decision Tuesday. Oladipo and Zeller did talk about it over the last week, though.

“We talked about it a little bit, I have no idea what he decided because Cody, as you know, is pretty quiet anyway,” Oladipo said. “I just wished the best for him and wished him the best of luck.”

If Zeller also leaves, Crean would be replacing four starters — Jordan Hulls, Christian Watford, Oladipo and Zeller — next season.

Crean signed six players during the fall despite having only three graduating seniors. Oladipo’s decision will clear another spot and if Zeller leaves early, that would create a fifth opening.

For the first time publicly, Crean acknowledged Tuesday that they were preparing all along for the likelihood of more than one player leaving early for the NBA this spring.

“That’s one of the reasons we oversigned. There’s no question,” he said. “Was that a given? Absolutely not.”

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