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BOZICH BLOG: IU's Oladipo Enters Player of The Year Race

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Indiana's Victor Oladipo (left) and Cody Zeller both rank in the top five in ESPN.com's national player of the year voting. Indiana's Victor Oladipo (left) and Cody Zeller both rank in the top five in ESPN.com's national player of the year voting.

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) – There's a new contender in the national college basketball player of the year debate – Indiana junior Victor Oladipo.

Michael Rothstein organizes a straw poll of college basketball writers for ESPN.com every two weeks. This week Oladipo finished fourth in the voting, one spot ahead of his teammate Cody Zeller. Indiana plays at Illinois tonight.

It was Oladipo's first appearance in the poll. He has also moved into the first round in most projections for the 2013 NBA Draft and into the lottery in at least one mock draft.

Oladipo received two first-place votes, two votes for second place and 14 third-place votes from the 57 writers who participated.

Trey Burke of Michigan is the front-runner in the voting, followed by Doug McDermott of Creighton and Miles Plumlee of Duke. Burke had trailed McDermott two weeks ago

Russ Smith exited the poll this week while Kentucky freshman Nerlens Noel received one third-place vote.

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