Ojeleye Names List of Schools

Semi Ojeleye, the strong, 6-6 junior small forward from Kansas, currently ranked the 49th player in the nation for 2013, mentions the schools recruiting him the hardest...

Semi Ojeleye, the standout small forward for Ottawa (Kans.) HIgh and Mo-Kan Elite AAU team, has seen his recruitment skyrocket this past year.

The 6'-6", 215-pound athlete averaged over 23 points and 6.5 rebounds as a sophomore at Ottawa, and he upped that to around 30 points and 7 boards per game this last season as a junior. He sees his game getting better through hard work.

"I am at my best when I'm more aggressive. That way, I can use my strength and aggressiveness to get the bucket.

"I'm really working on my shooting, and I'm more consistent with it. When they try to defend my shot, I'm able to attack the rim more. My goal is to keep getting better."

Ojeleye played more on the low post as a sophomore, but he says he was stationed mostly at the 1 and 2 this past winter. With his combination of skills, it is no surprise his recruiting has taken off.

"UCLA, Kansas State, Wisconsin, Oregon, Oregon State," he said. "Those are a few of the ones that come to mind right now."

His older brother Victor is a senior at K-State. Wisconsin was the first to offer him a scholarship, and it has been persistent in watching his games and keeping in touch. But he says he is open to everyone at this time. He's looking for the right combination of academics and athletics.

He said: "I want a school that has high academic standards. I don't think that will be too much of a problem wherever I go. Basketball-wise, I'm looking for a good family environment where the coaching staff cares about the players on a personal level."

Scout's 12th rated small forward has ambitious plans for his college major.

"I'm looking at Engineering as a major, but people change majors here and there," Ojeleye said. "It's a good place to start. It will be a challenge, but I think I'd like it. When you're done with basketball, you need those things."

Will he be making his decision before the start of his senior basketball season?

"I don't know. I'm kind of taking it slowly, just waiting to hear what God tells me," he said.

Through the force of his personality and skill on the court, Ottawa enjoyed a banner winter.

He said: "We're 4-A. The biggest in Kansas is 6-A. We finished second in the state. We lost three seniors from last year, but one of them didn't play a lot. So we have a lot of returning guys with experience next year."

He's also hoping to have success with Mo-Kan Elite this summer.

"I think we'll be solid this year. We won't be as big as we were last year, but we hope to be fast and be able to keep up with all the athletic teams out there. We're going to Minnesota on the 20th, and on the 27th we'll be in Hampton, Virginia."

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