NEW YORK — Victor Oladipo can really sing.
On Thursday, the Orlando Magic rookie sang a duet with Regis Philbin of “Ain’t No Sunshine” during a live broadcast of the Fox Sports 1 show “Crowd Goes Wild.”
Oladipo’s rendition was superb.
And it’s not the first time he’s made headlines with his singing voice.
Oladipo once gave a rousing rendition of Usher’s “U Got It Bad” at Indiana University’s Hoosier Hysteria, and, in a way, his singing played a role in the Magic’s decision to select him.
At the 2013 NBA Draft Combine in May, Oladipo interviewed for the first time with Magic general manager Rob Hennigan, assistant general managers Scott Perry and Matt Lloyd and coach Jacque Vaughn for the first time.
Hennigan asked to hear Oladipo’s singing voice, partly to gauge Oladipo’s confidence and partly to break the ice.
Oladipo did it, and his confidence and charisma impressed the Magic officials.
"It was kind of wild," Oladipo told the Orlando Sentinel a few days after the Magic selected him second overall in the 2013 NBA Draft. "I was not expecting it, but they kind of made me sing on the spot. I wasn't going to say no. I mean, I had to look good in the interview. It was fun."
Oladipo appeared to have fun singing with Regis, too.
Josh Robbins covers the Orlando Magic and the NBA for the Orlando Sentinel. You can reach him via e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org and connect with him on Facebook at facebook.com/JoshuaBRobbins. Follow him on Twitter at @JoshuaBRobbins.