Louisiana-Lafayette Nabs 6-10 Senior

Seyi Oseni had a rough go of his recruitment, but it's over now and the 6-10 senior is headed to Louisiana-Lafayette after injuries kept him off the court for much of the past year.

Seyi Oseni described his recruitment as a roller-coaster ride. That may be an understatement.

The 6-10, 240-pound Rochester, N.Y., native left the School of the Arts in his hometown for more exposure at Faith Christian Academy (Va.), where the schedule included national powers such as Mount Zion Academy.

Things were going well for the first half of his junior season, his first at Faith Christian, as Oseni was putting up 16 points, 10 boards and 4 blocks per game. The interest was coming from the likes of Michigan, Georgia, Penn State, South Carolina, George Mason and others.

However, he was undercut in a game and a local, small-town doctor suggested he take some time off to heal his knee. Finally, he went to a sports doctor and an MRI revealed he had cartilage damage. He sat out all of last summer after playing teaming with Duke-bound Greg Paulus and probable NBA-bound Andray Blatche for SRAP the previous summer.

Then he had surgery about a month ago on his knee, shortly after finding out that Faith Christian's basketball program would be shut down.

``The news was going from bad to worse," Oseni said.

However, throughout all of it one school stuck with him: Louisiana-Lafayette.

Oseni committed to the Ragin' Cajuns on Wednesday night, just days after taking an official visit to the campus.

``One of the coaches, Carlin Hartman, is also from upstate New York," Oseni said. "I felt like I can help the team. Other schools gave me the impression that they wanted me, but didn't need me. I felt that Louisiana-Lafayette needed me."

``They still showed interest and stuck with me through everything," he added. "I think it's a good place where I can come in right away and help the team out. It's a good fit all in all."

Oseni joins Lewisville (Texas) guard Booker Woodfox, Glen Oaks (La.) point guard Ryan Francis and junior college power forward Valentino Hart in the Ragin' Cajuns Class of 2005.

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