Semi Ojeleye Chooses Duke

By Eric Domingo

Semi Ojeleye, small forward for Ottawa High School in Kansas, commits to Duke.

Ojeleye had Indiana, Stanford, and Oregon at the top of his list, but it was believed by many that Duke was going to be the choice. The No. 38 ranked 2013 player, committed to Duke after Mike Krzyzewski’s pitch in Ojeleye’s living room.

“Coach K was excited. You’d have to be here to describe. To be honest, I never thought somebody like Coach K with his legacy, he’s seen it all…for him to be that excited we were honored,” says Joy Ojeleye, mother of Semi Ojeleye.

During Ojeleye’s sophomore season he averaged 23.3 PPG and 6.5 RBG. He helped the Cyclones to a 22-4 record, ranking 12th in the state of Kansas. He is known for his perimeter shooting, but can also finish at the basket.

The Cyclone star ensures Duke will have plenty of perimeter shooting in the future. It is believed he will transition well to the college level, due to the frame of his body. His 6’6, 220 lbs body is solid and makes him a nightmare to guard.

Ojeleye was the second player to pick Duke. No.32 recruit Matt Jones, from DeSoto, Texas, committed to Duke last November. Hopefully the Desoto SG and Ojeleye can help Duke get back to NCAA Championship.

I believe Ojeleye choice was a great one. Duke is a very respected team and is very well coached. Coach K is known to turn stars into superstars, just like he did with former player Austin Rivers. Rivers turned from a top high school prospect, to a high first round NBA draft pick. Ojeleye will learn a lot from Coach K and I’m sure Coach K will help Ojeleye get to the pro level.

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