Ojeleye open to all comers

Ottawa (KS) High star Semi Ojeleye already has an offer list a mile long, but the 6-foot-6, 210-pound small forward is keeping his options open. Last weekend, he took a visit to the University of Kansas, as the Jayhawks took on Missouri in the Border War – and left impressed.

As he is one of the top basketball prospects in the Sunflower State, the name of Semi Ojeleye is already well-known throughout Kansas.

A 6-foot-6, 210-pound small forward from Ottawa (KS) High School, Ojeleye is currently averaging 31.7 points and 7.1 rebounds per game for the Cyclones, who own an 18-1 record heading into the start of sub-state play Tuesday night.

His athleticism and skill - along with his production level - have resulted in a list of college suitors a mile long, and he currently holds scholarship offers from the likes of Wisconsin, Missouri, Kansas State, UCLA, Oregon, Oklahoma State, Marquette, Clemson, Stanford and more.

One school beginning to ramp up its interest in Ojeleye of late is the Kansas Jayhawks, and Saturday the athletic wing was part of an impressive crew of prospects seated court side at Allen Fieldhouse for the final regular season meeting between Kansas and Missouri.

"He definitely had a good time," said Ottawa head coach Jon McKowen. "It was an amazing game. He said the atmosphere was unbelievable and it was just a loud, exciting environment."

Despite the long list of interested programs - or perhaps because of it - Ojeleye remains open to all comers, and that includes the Jayhawks.

"He's open to anybody getting involved," McKowen said. "He's at no point ready to narrow down his list or commit to anybody by any means at this point."

As his coach, McKowen sees a lot to love about his junior star. Aside from his skill level, Ojeleye possesses the type of intangibles that will make him successful no matter what he chooses to do in life.

He leads by example on and off the court, McKowen explained.

"He doesn't just talk good morals, he lives it all the time," he said. "And that carries over to the basketball court. He doesn't take any shortcuts or the easy way out about anything."

Though Ojeleye's is focused solely on his high school team at the moment, a few unofficial visits could be in the offing once the season wraps. However, he wants to wait until his brother, Victor, a player at Kansas State, has time to accompany him.

"(Semi) wants him to be involved in the process also," McKowen said. "It's going to be a little bit later, but whether it's the summer or spring they will take more unofficials."

Whatever school eventually lands the prodigious junior talent will need to have more than just basketball to offer. Academics are extremely important to he and his family, and he has a plan for himself in mind. Ojeleye hopes to become a civil engineer once his playing days are through.

"Not all schools fit that criteria," McKowen said. "And not just the criteria, but he wants it to be a good engineering school."

The Stanford coaching staff is expected to be in attendance Tuesday night, as Ottawa takes on Santa Fe Trail.


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