2010 blue chip talks Texas A&M

Houston Bellaire's Tobi Oyedeji may not be heading to college until 2010, but he's already got a few favorites. Aggie Websider's David Sandhop catches up with Oyedeji to talk about his career so far and what he thinks about Texas A&M and other favorites.

Houston Bellaire High School (TX) may be young, but the Cardinals have three of the top underclassmen in the state in guards Sheldon McClellan and Jamel Outler, and inside post man Tobi Oyedeji. Playing in last weekend's prestigious Houston Vs. The Nation Tournament, the Cardinals struggled in Friday's first game, losing to Alief Hastings 65-51 but came back strong on Saturday to defeat Aldine 59-46.

Oyedeji, a 6-foot-7, 195-pound sophomore, bounced back in the win over Aldine after struggling with only two points and two rebounds in Friday's loss. He dominated the inside grabbing 10 rebounds and blocking six shots on Saturday.

"I didn't play up to my expectations on Friday. We weren't clicking as a team," Oyedeji said. "Then later in the game I jammed my right index finger pretty bad and missed some minutes."

With Friday's sub-par performance behind them, Bellaire came out and established a dominant inside presence due in part to Oyedeji and his 10 boards and six blocks.

"We played much better," Oyedeji said. "We played with more energy on defense and we were hitting our shots. It was good to come out and play well after Friday's loss."

Oyedeji is considered by many recruiting services to be one of the best Class of 2010 prospects in the state, and the most prominent post man prospect in Texas. But at the tender age of 15, Oyedeji still has only scratched the surface of his potential as he continues to grow and mature.

"My dad thought I had a growth disorder when I was younger and took me to the doctor," Oyedeji said. "At the time he said I'd be 6-foot-8, but I've been growing even more than they thought. The last time I went to the doctor, he said I'd be between 6-foot-10 and 6-foot-11. I haven't hit my growth spurt yet."

Oyedeji says his strength as a player right now is his quickness and ability to post-up and use his quickness to beat slower defenders in the paint.

"I'm comfortable posting up and using my post hook. I used to play more facing the basket and playing out on the wing, but the team needs me in the paint because we already have so many good guards," Oyedeji said. "I'm also a good shot blocker. I have very long arms and I'm a quick jumper."

The Class of 2010 prospect realizes that he needs to get stronger and add more bulk to his frame, something that should come naturally as he matures. College coaches understand he'll get bigger, and they are already positioning themselves to recruit the talented sophomore.

"I'm hearing from a lot of schools, but I like Texas A&M, Texas, and Baylor," Oyedeji said. "Minnesota, Oklahoma, and some SEC schools have shown interest. I wouldn't mind going to the SEC, but for now I'm looking at the Big 12 and schools closer to home."

Oyedeji unofficially visited Texas A&M during the big Midnight Madness event in October, and he came away very impressed with the program and the university.

"I really like Coach Turgeon and the staff, and they have great players like Deandre (Jordan). The atmosphere and the arena were incredible," Oyedeji said. "I liked all the buildings on campus and the fact that everywhere you go it's all about the university. I like the college town feel of it."

While Oyedeji enjoys all of the early attention from the colleges, he and his father want to wait a little and enjoy the process before getting serious about a decision.

"I think I'll wait a little before picking a school. My dad wants me to wait since I'm just a sophomore," Oyedeji said. "He's very supportive and wants me to do what is best in the long run, and he's understanding of my basketball ambitions."

Oyedeji and his Cardinal teammates swing back into action tonight with a game against Houston Chavez.




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