Posted by Matt Norlander
No matter the talent level: more nerve-wracking to sing in front of thousands or shoot a game-winning free throw?
Victor Oladipo could one day have the answer.
The Indiana freshman guard performed Usher's "U Got It Bad" at the first edition of the Spirit of Indiana Showcase, a year-end awards and talent show at the school. Why Oladipo chose this tune, I don't know, but he handles himself well; he clearly has spent many a night crooning in front of his mirror. Singing Usher's stuff isn't an easy thing; a lot of lilt in those songs.
Watch him command a crowd and a mic and a cardigan all at once.
Next step is clear: come October, Oladipo needs to have a new song and performance ready for Midnight Madness. And get some backup dancers, the works, for a huge performance at Assembly Hall. The dancers can be teammates (anyone but Maurice Creek! ). If he sticks with Usher, what should be the pick? If you ask me, Usher's breakout hit from '98 remains his best mainstream pop song, yes? Agree? Anybody? OK, then. Other candidates: "Confessions Part II," "Burn," and, of course, "Yeah" are all strong candidates.
I'm as serious about this as Oladipo was in his performance. Let's have an encore.
(HT, Eamonn Brennan)