Ojeleye talks Duke visit

Semi Ojeleye (6'6, 205, SF) recaps his trip to Durham and outlines his future recruiting plans.

One of the big needs on the recruiting trail for the Blue Devils in the class of 2012 is to add size on the wing. To that end Duke has offered a number of players including Kansas SF prospect Semi Ojeleye. Last weekend the 6'6 four star prospect visited Durham unofficially and, after returning home, spoke to TDD about the experience.

"I really enjoyed the visit," said Ottawa (Kan.) High standout Semi Ojeleye. "I had a chance to visit with my mother and older brother, and I felt like I learned a lot."

Ojeleye, a 6-foot-6 wing prospect, is currently running with Mokan Elite in the Nike EYBL where he's averaging 15.4 points and 5.5 rebounds per game in just 22.6 minutes. His regular season performance included a couple of games in front of the Duke coaching staff, which lead to a scholarship offer and the invitation to visit as the Blue Devils continue to search for bigger players on the wing.

"When I had a chance to meet with the coaches, they were just telling me how perfect they thought I was for Duke. They want to get bigger and they want guys who are versatile."

A second meeting with Coach K further elaborated on Duke's plans for Ojeleye.

"Coach K said he thought I could play the two, three, or four for them if they wanted to go small at times. He also really likes the way I can shoot the ball because it'll force guys to step out, which allows me to get to the basket as well."

As far as general take-aways from the meetings with the coaches, what did Semi think of Blue Devils' overall presentation?

"The campus was smaller, but you still got a college feel. As far as Coach K, he's just so normal, which is something I didn't really expect from someone who has done as much as him."

Of course basketball won't be the only factor when a decision making process commences. Ojeleye's older brother, Victor, a reserve forward for Kansas State, recently graduated with a 4.0 from KSU. It's something the younger brother has taken notice of and wants to emulate.

"Really, academics have just been part of my family as both of my siblings have taken them very seriously. It's something I've picked up from watching them."

With regards to the recruiting process, Ojeleye says he's not near a decision and will likely play out the summer before taking some official visits. Following those visits he expects to make a Fall decision.

Other schools involved include Arizona, Illinois, Kansas, Kansas State, Missouri, Oregon, Stanford, UCLA, and Wisconsin. Each has offered.

Scout.com ranks Ojeleye as a four star prospect, the nation's eighth best small forward, and No. 30 overall prospect.


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