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Indiana Pacers star and DMV native Victor Oladipo out Monday vs. Wizards

Indiana Pacers star and DMV native Victor Oladipo out Monday vs. Wizards

The Indiana Pacers will be without their All-Star guard when they take the court Monday afternoon against the Washington Wizards.

Nearly 90 minutes before tip-off, Pacers head coach Nate McMillan announced that Victor Oladipo would rest for Monday's game versus Washington, as the team is taking extra precautions with the guard as he continues to recover from a torn quad injury.

The guard is expected to play in Indiana's game Tuesday versus Orlando and is sitting out Monday's contest to prevent playing in back-to-backs, according to McMillan.

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Oladipo has played in just 14 games this season on a minutes restriction, averaging a career-low 26.4 minutes per game. The 28-year-old originally planned to opt-out of the Orlando bubble, but Oladipo changed his mind and rejoined his team before the restart began.

Although the game is taking place in Orlando rather than D.C., Monday's game versus Washington would have been a semi-homecoming for Oladipo.

The guard played his high school ball at DeMatha Catholic, a national powerhouse located in Hyattsville, Md., just over the D.C. border. Additionally, Oladipo would have faced his former high school teammate, Wizards wing Jerian Grant. 

Tip-off is scheduled for 4 p.m. on NBC Sports Washington Plus. Oladipo and Grant's high school coach, Mike Jones, will join the broadcast.

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Report: Pacers' Victor Oladipo opts out of NBA restart in Orlando

Report: Pacers' Victor Oladipo opts out of NBA restart in Orlando

Victor Oladipo has opted out of playing in the NBA's restart in Orlando, marking the biggest star yet who was expected to play backing out.

The news, which was first reported by the Athletic, is a health precaution as he aims to get 100 percent healthy for next season. He had played only 13 games this season after missing a full year due to a torn quadriceps tendon.

Oladipo, 28, is a two-time All-Star. His absence leaves the Indiana Pacers, the fifth-seed in the Eastern Conference, without their best player.

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The Wizards happen to play the Pacers as part of their new eight-game schedule to close out the regular season. Now they won't see Oladipo, who they had yet to face this season. 

Given Oladipo's recent injury history, it is not all that surprising he would make this move. But it also could open the door for other players of his stature to decide similarly.

Oladipo is a star in the league, but not on a team expected to compete for the title. Will others in a similar boat decide not to go? Wizards guard Bradley Beal, for one, is still mulling his own decision on whether to play.

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John Wall, other DMV stars among best individual college basketball seasons since 2007

John Wall, other DMV stars among best individual college basketball seasons since 2007

Recently, ESPN insider John Gasaway released his list of the top 50 individual college basketball seasons since 2007. That year marked the beginning of the one-and-done era that allowed players to declare for the NBA Draft after just one year of college experience.

Out of the 50 players, the DMV was well-represented on the list. From high school to college to the NBA, several players who made their mark locally also shined during their collegiate careers.

The highest-ranking DMV product on the list was Kevin Durant, who checked in at No. 4. The former NBA MVP is a Maryland native and spent his high school career playing at National Christian Academy and Montrose Christian School in Maryland and Oak Hill Academy in Virginia.

Durant went on to star in his one season at Texas in 2007, averaging 25.8 points and 11.1 rebounds per game and being named the nation's best player. The inaugural one-and-done season, he took full advantage of the new rule and was selected No. 2 overall by the Seattle SuperSonics in the 2007 NBA Draft.

Next on the list came John Wall as the point guard was awarded the No. 13 best single-season in the last 13 years. Though Wall is a native of North Carolina, he has become a star locally thanks to his stellar career with the Wizards. What brought him to Washington was his dominant freshman year at Kentucky. Wall averaged 16.6 and 6.5 assists per game for Kentucky in 2009-10 and ended up being selected No. 1 overall by the Wizards. 

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Others to make the list include Josh Hart, Malcolm Brogdon and Victor Oladipo. Unlike Durant and Wall, these three shined later in their collegiate careers as they did not opt to go the one-and-done route. Hart, a Sidwell Friends High School alum, averaged 15.5 points during his junior year at Villanova en route to a national title and ranked No. 19 on the list. Brogdon shined at Virginia, impressing greatly during his senior season in which he scored 18.2 points per game earning him the No. 22 spot.

Now with the Indiana Pacers, Oladipo's junior season at Indiana was one of the more incredible leaps a player has made in college. The DeMatha High School product averaged 13.6 points and 6.3 rebounds per game during the 2012-13 season for the Hoosiers, putting him No. 23 on the list. Those aren't eye-popping stats, but Oladipo excelled in all areas of the game, earning him national player of the year consideration and greatly improving his draft stock.

Former Wizard and Georgetown Hoya Jeff Green was also part of the list earning the No. 43 spot. During his junior year in 2007, the Maryland native averaged 14.3 points per game. 

The DMV has always been a hotbed for basketball talent, and their recent success at the collegiate level and on only further proves that point. 

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