JUCO Player Has Ball State Offer

The Cardinals Basketball Staff looking to round out the Class of 2014.

It has been a pretty wild ride for Williston College (ND) Deji Adekunle. First, the London born Center was presented with the option of playing basketball here in the United States, and now he is facing the decision of where to continue is collegiate career next season. One of those options is Ball State.

"I was told by a coach in London that a coach from the US wanted to watch me play, so I agreed." Adekunle said of how he was found after scoring 10 points and grabbing 8 rebounds as a prep at ABCD Prep in Dallas, TX. "He watched me play and afterwards instantly offered me a scholarship to Williston State College. I hadn't heard about them, but he gave me information packets and film on a few of their games so I began to like the idea of playing for Williston. I was offered a full ride, so I didn't have to worry about flight or accommodations when coming to the US."

Now, the 6-11 235-pound, second year JUCO player, is faced with a new decision, where to attend college next season. He has offers from Ball State, St. Francis (PA), Hofstra, Drake, Alcorn State, Morehead State and FAMU from which to choose.

"I have many D1 schools (that have offered)," Adekunle said. "But Ball State is in my top 2. I would live to be a part of the successful program they have over there."

The massive Adekunle, who averages 4.1 points, 6.3 rebounds and a block shot a game, is focused on providing solid defense and rebounding for the program he winds up with.

"I'm a defensive player, a rim protector," Adekunle said of his strengths right now. "If my teammates get beat off of the dribble in front of me, it is my duty to help him out and protect the rim."

Despite his modest offensive number, Adekunle is an ever improving offensive player that has averaged 11 points and 10 rebounds in his past few outings.

"I'm pretty agile and athletic for my size," he said. "I can run the floor like a guard. My offensive game is good too. Dunking, hook shots, 15-foot jump shots, post ups."

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