"Definitely, that's what I feel. I have to go out and prove it. I obviously haven't proved that to the country, and I haven't led my team to where the team needs to be," he said. "Until I do that, I won't get that type of respect."
The 5-foot-11 senior has started 89 of 91 games since his freshman year, including all 30 last season when he had to learn a new system under first-year coach Steve Alford.
The team finished 14-16. Oliver was the leading scorer with 13.6 points per game despite shooting only 36.9 percent from the field.
"I think last year his shooting percentage was down because he had to take so many tough shots," Alford said. "Hopefully, he'll get some easier shots this year."
Opponents now will have to worry about transfer Luke Recker, who led Indiana in scoring two years ago, and Ryan Hogan, a shooting guard who transferred from Kentucky.
Freshman guard Brody Boyd also is part of a talented recruiting class expected to push for playing time right away.
Alford said the scoring load should be lighter for Oliver this season.
Read the rest of this article in the 11/02 Pilot Tribune.