Schools track Ojeleye

So far Semi Ojeleye is off to an excellent start as a junior, and college coaches are taking notice.

One player who really closed out his summer strong was Semi Ojeleye of Ottawa (KS) High School. The 6-foot-6 Ojeleye played excellent for Mo-Kan Elite in the month of July, and college coaches are seeing that translate to his high school season as well.

As the No. 47 ranked prospect in the 2013 class, Ojeleye has a lot of expectations on him going into a season, and so far it sounds like he is living up to them.

"We are off to a good start," said Ojeleye. "We are 4-0, so I can't complain about that. I have had some good games and everything is going pretty well. I am just trying to do whatever I can to help my team win."

Known as a strong wing who rebounds well and also attacks the rim, Ojeleye is now working to refine his outside shot, and he feels it is coming around nicely.

"Overall I am trying to improve my jump shot," said Ojeleye. "At times during the summer I hit shots, but at other times I struggled shooting the ball. I think my shot has really improved this season."

When it comes to his recruitment, many schools are making their way in to see him.

"Wisconsin is always around," said Ojeleye. "Butler, Oklahoma State, Stanford, and Harvard are all coming in. Those are a couple schools that stay in touch. A lot of people come and go, but they have their season to focus on. Honestly I don't worry about it too much."

The school that has been on him the longest is the Wisconsin Badgers. Ojeleye says up to this point they have done an excellent job of recruiting him.

"They were the first school to offer me a scholarship so that is a big factor down the road," said Ojeleye of Wisconsin. "They stay in contact constantly and I saw them at my games this summer. They were in to see me last weekend, and I have built a good relationship with Coach (Bo) Ryan and Coach (Greg) Gard."

Another school that has been very active in recruiting Ojeleye is Butler. After playing in back-to-back national title games, the Bulldogs seem to have his attention.

"Obviously making the national championship is a big statement," said Ojeleye of Butler. "I want to play for a national championship when I get to college. They began recruiting me during the summer and they have come to watch me workout. I feel that they are interested and they are a school that wins."

A very academically inclined kid, it is no surprise that a school like Stanford is also showing him significant attention.

"It is kind of an honor to me that they are even looking at me," Ojeleye. "I use it as motivation to keep my grades up. I know they are in the Pac 12 now and they have a nice campus, so that is definitely something I want to look at. Obviously academically they are great and they are also very good basketball wise."

At the moment Ojeleye isn't rushing into a decision, but he does know what he will be looking for in a school when the time comes.

"Distance and if it is a college town or in a city, I don't really focus on that too much," explained Ojeleye. "I just more want to know the basketball aspect, and how I fit in to the basketball family down there. Academics for me aren't much of a problem, they are all very good schools and I know I will do my work in the classroom, so for now I am focusing on how I fit in basketball wise."

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