2013 NBA Draft: Victor Oladipo, Cody Zeller earn green room invites for draft night

Gregory Shamus

Two former IU players will be in Brooklyn for the NBA Draft on Thursday with the opportunity to shake David Stern's hand after hearing their name called.

The NBA Draft is a dream night for the players selected and for those taken in the lottery, the night becomes even more special as they enjoy an evening under the spotlight in the big city, shaking the commissioner's hand while commentators expound on the player's great potential.

Former IU stars Victor Oladipo and Cody Zeller will be among the players at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn waiting for their moment on the stage in the green room before eventually taking their turn in the spotlight. According to Chad Ford, the two Hoosiers were among 10 players to receive preliminary invites to the draft green room.

The NBA has issued 10 preliminary invitations to its "green room" for Thursday night's draft, according to multiple sources.

Those invited are: Nerlens Noel (Kentucky); Victor Oladipo (Indiana); Otto Porter (Georgetown); Alex Len (Maryland); Anthony Bennett (UNLV); Ben McLemore (Kansas); Trey Burke (Michigan); Michael Carter-Williams (Syracuse); C.J. McCollum (Lehigh) and Cody Zeller (Indiana).

The league will likely invite a few more players prior to Thursday as they poll general managers to get an idea of which players will likely be lottery selections. According to most draft speculation, Oladipo is considered a top five pick with many believing he will go No. 2 to the Orlando Magic. Zeller has been slotted in the No. 10 to No. 12 range. The invite certainly bodes well for Zeller's status to alleviate any fears he may slip down the board.

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