Hoops Recruiting: Olukemi Talks OSU Visit

J.P. Olukemi was one of two players making official visits to Oklahoma State this past weekend. The 6-7, 210-pound small forward from Vincennes junior college in Indiana averaged a team-best 14.9 points and 4.2 rebounds as a freshman. Olukemi visited with GoPokes.com following his return to Vincennes, and shared his thoughts on his trip to Oklahoma State.

Who joined you on your trip to Stillwater?
Olukemi: My mother accompanied me there on the trip.

What did you enjoy about your trip to Oklahoma State?
Olukemi: For me, I think it's the best school. I enjoyed everything about it. I thought it was a sensational visit.

Did you may any decisions while you were there?
Olukemi: No, I did not commit to the school … not just yet.

Do you any other trips you're planning to take?
Olukemi: I have a few other trips planned. The next one is South Florida (this coming weekend). Then I might be going down to OU but I'm trying to figure that out right now.

Are you planning to graduate in December and then enroll in the spring?
Olukemi: That's correct.

And then you'll have three years of eligibility, correct?
Olukemi: Yes, that's the plan. I'd still have three years at the next level.

Describe what type of player you are for those people who have never seen you play.
Olukemi: What type of player am I? That's a good question. I play the game strategically, smart and awfully exciting. I like to get up and down the floor. I bring a lot of excitement, and also have an high IQ for the game.

What are your strengths as a player?
Olukemi: I like driving to the basket. I like getting in the lane and dishing. Shooting the 3-pointer is becoming a much better part of my game.

Where do you need to improve?
Olukemi: On everything. You always need to be improving your skills, so I'd say I need to improve in everything.

Was there anything that surprised you on your visit to Oklahoma State?
Olukemi: The football game. That blew me away. The atmosphere was wild. Also the basketball stadium. I've never seen a gym like that. I'll bet it gets pretty wild in there. Those two things blew me away, and also the (basketball) coaching staff. They're real straightforward and down-to-earth guys, and that's my kind of people.

How long has Oklahoma State been recruiting you?
Olukemi: I don't know. They started a little bit last season and then I went to one camp down there (in Tulsa this summer), and they told me then that I would fit the system.

How do you see yourself fitting into Coach Travis Ford's system?
Olukemi: They explained that to me (Saturday). It's an up and down (the court) type of game with a lot of pick and rolls. I obviously can dribble or I wouldn't be playing the three spot. I think I fit in with the system. I can shoot, I can attack … that's my type of style where if the coach gives you some type of freedom. I feel like the system fits me, and I fit the system.

You mentioned the football game against Georgia earlier. What did you think of the game?
Olukemi: The football game was unbelievable. The stadium was packed, it was loud, the game was exciting. It was unbelievable. I think that's the only way to describe it – unbelievable.

Where you from originally?
Olukemi: Orange County in California.

Are you a USC or UCLA fan?
Olukemi: SC.

Ever been to an SC football game?
Olukemi: Too many.

How does the atmosphere at an Oklahoma State football game compared to the atmosphere at an SC football game?
Olukemi: They can't compare. Let me just say that Oklahoma State just killed SC as far as the fans getting into it. That ‘Orange Power' chant was something.

With a trip to South Florida planned for this weekend and then possibly a trip to OU, what type of a timetable are you looking at in making a decision?
Olukemi: I just want to get it out of the way. I can't really say a timetable but I just want to get it out of the way. I want to get it out of the way and get it over with.

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