Hoops Recruiting: JUCO Swingman to Visit USF

Scheduled to make an official visit to USF this weekend is 6-7, 215-pound forward J.P. Olukemi, who averaged a team-best 14.9 points and 4.2 rebounds as a freshman last season. Read on for al the details and see where the Bulls stand with the Vincennes star. Stay informed with USFNation.com

With a positive result from an official visit this weekend by J.P. Olukemi, Head Coach Stan Heath and the Bulls could fill their need for an athletic swingman in the 2010 recruiting class.

Although programs such as Arkansas, Oklahoma, Wisconsin, Providence and Washington State all continue to jockey for Olukemi's interest, his coach at Vincennes University in Indiana feels it's now a two-horse race for the talented forward.

"There are a lot of schools still trying to get involved with him, and UTEP has been on him for a while too, but I think he's most serious about South Florida and Oklahoma State," Vincennes head coach David Raglund said. "He'll visit USF this weekend and he's been to Oklahoma State. He's just taking it in stride right now, but I know he's very interested in South Florida."

Olukemi (6-7/215) led his junior college as a freshman in 2008-09, scoring 14.9 points and grabbing 4.2 rebounds per game. The Tarzana, Calif., native remains enrolled at Vincennes, but will not play this season. He graduates in December and expects to be on campus at his next destination in January 2010, with three seasons of eligibility remaining.

Raglund said Olukemi's two requirements for his college choice are immediate playing time and a chance to win. He thinks USF fits on both accounts.

"It seems like they've put some pieces together and they're moving in the right direction. Coach Heath came out the first day of evaluations (Sept. 9) and they had a good visit," Raglund said. "I know they have high expectations for J.P. and see a huge responsibility for him in their program."

Raglund describes Olukemi as "long and athletic" with a college-ready body.

"He's a three (small forward) because he's really good off the bounce. Even though he has size, he's a guard at heart. You want to put the ball in his hands, let him make a couple of moves and get to the basket," Raglund said. "He's crafty – a gym rat – and knows how to play. Down the road, he's going to have the chance to make some money playing basketball."

More Recruiting Notes:

It doesn't look like USF is still very involved with Orlando 6-8 forward Cady LaLanne. I traded emails with his AAU coach, Matt Ramker, today whot said:
"Cady's final five schools are Ole Miss, VCU, UMass, Georgia and George Mason. He visited UMass last weekend, VCU this weekend, UGA Sept. 26, Ole Miss Oct. 10 and George Mason Oct. 17. All five of those schools have been in to do home visits."

Another prospect to scratch off the list:
4-star PG Trae Golden who had the Bulls in his final mix of schools committed to Tennessee after making an official to Tennessee last weekend, and a in-home visit head by coach Bruce Pearl Wednesday night. Golden had an in-home vist by Coach Stan Heath last week, and had tenative official visits set with USF and Virginia.

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