As one of the top high school basketball players in Kansas, Semi Ojeleye still has a long way to go in his recruiting process.
Who will he pick? The 6-foot-6 small forward who will soon be a senior at Ottawa is considering 11 teams (Arizona, Duke, Illinois, Indiana, Kansas, Kansas State, Missouri, Oregon, Stanford, UCLA and Wisconsin) and he wants to cut his list to five before making a final decision.
That process will take some time. But a favorite has emerged from the group — Duke.
“He sure likes Duke,” said Ojeleye’s father, Ernest. “He went on a tour there, and that is his No. 1 school choice right now. They talked to him early on and then they officially offered him when he was there. He enjoyed the visit.”
Ojeleye made an unofficial visit to Duke in early June. It was clear he was looking forward to the trip in this interview with Rivals, and meeting Mike Krzyzewski clearly made quite an impression on him.
Ojeleye was unavailable for comment Wednesday evening. He is currently in Virginia, preparing for the NBPA Top 100 High School Camp.
Much like his older brother, Victor, who just finished his final season at Kansas State, Ojeleye puts a big emphasis on academics as well as basketball. He has a 4.0 GPA and is planning on focusing on finance in college. Victor says he has endorsed K-State to his little brother, but has also urged him to choose the best fit for him.
Former K-State coach Frank Martin began recruiting Ojeleye, but he also likes new coach Bruce Weber.
“Coach Weber is a great guy,” Victor said. “Semi has gotten to know him a little bit, and since he got here they have talked a lot. The guys who are at Kansas State have adapted to Coach Weber and like him, and I think Semi does too.”
Still, the Wildcats and nine nine other schools on Ojeleye’s list apparently have room to make up on Duke.