Q & A: 2013 wing Semi Ojeleye talks Indiana

After a pair of strong performances in the first two Nike Elite Youth Basketball League (EYBL) sessions of the spring, 2013 Ottawa (KS) forward Semi Ojeleye is receiving significant interest from Indiana.

Both Tom Crean and Steve McClain watched Ojeleye over the weekend at EYBL Hampton as the 6-foot-6 member of Mokan Elite averaged 17.8 points and 5.2 rebounds over five games.

Inside the Hall caught up with Ojeleye, the No. 39 player in his class according to ESPN.com, to get his thoughts on the recent interest from Indiana, his plans for the summer, a timetable for a decision and more:

On the schools looking hardest at him:

“Indiana’s up there. UCLA, Wisconsin, Arizona. I got a couple calls today from Kansas and Louisville, so it’s sort of shifting around as we speak.”

On when he started looking at Indiana:

“I think it was about three weeks ago. They called and then we have just been going back and forth to get to know one another.”

On what about IU interests him:

“It’s a great program. They’ve had some great success these past couple of years and had some big wins. Players that go there seem to be successful, so it’s a good program and maybe a good place to play college basketball.”

On who he’s talked to from IU:

“I actually was supposed to call Coach Crean right now. I just got his number from Coach McClain. I talk to Coach McClain probably once every two weeks at least.”

On his game:

“I can spread the floor with my shooting, so that makes people come out and get me. With my size I can go by people that close out too hard. I can post up small guards. Whatever the coach needs me to do, I’ll do.”

On what Crean has told him:

“He said me he wants a guy who can really shoot it and is not afraid to take and make big shots. He wants a guy who can go and be an impact on that program. He thinks I’m the right guy and I think I’m the right guy, so this could be something that could maybe work out.”

On what he wants to improve on these next few months:

“I really want to improve my mid-range game: pull ups, going inside, being more comfortable going left. Not just shooting threes, but that 10 to 15 foot jump shot.”

On his summer schedule:

“We’ll be going to Dallas in two weeks and then our last EYBL will be in San Francisco. If we make it to Peach Jam, hopefully, we’ll be in Georgia later in the summer.”

On a potential visit to Bloomington:

“I was hoping to get out there in June. That’s probably the most downtime I’m going to have coming up.”

On whether he has a timetable for a decision:

“Not really. In the late winter, I was thinking maybe before high school basketball started. But with new schools coming along, I don’t want to rush into anything too quickly.”

Here’s a look at Ojeleye’s highlights from his junior season at Ottawa:

  • NaplesHoosier

    Alex, in regards to Mo Creek, I know his is back 12-13.  But, is he eligible to come back for 13-14 because he was hurt so much?  I don’t know anybody who really knows the answer to that.  What ya think?

  • NaplesHoosier

    Alex, in regards to Mo Creek, I know his is back 12-13.  But, is he eligible to come back for 13-14 because he was hurt so much?  I don’t know anybody who really knows the answer to that.  What ya think?

  • SCHoosier

    NBA has a developmental league for guys with “potential”..NBA is about who can help win and ring the ticket cash register NOW. Agree with assessment that a reliable jump shot and better ball handling makes him a legitimate NBA pick..but he has a way to go…not a lock is all I’m saying. May want to stay his senior year to play with BA if he comes to IU.

  • 323SGrant

    Meant to say “is” impressive.

  • NaplesHoosier

    FYI…Anya just tweeted “Had a good talk with my bro Victor Oladipo, he’s loving #hoosiernation a whole lot!  I need to go visit him I haven’t chilled with him in years

    2min.’s later  Stanford Robinson tweeted  “Just got off the phone with my bro Victor #hoosiernation got him sounding country……”

    This was within the last hour…..looks like some DMV is going to visit Bloomington.

  • NaplesHoosier

    FYI…Anya just tweeted “Had a good talk with my bro Victor Oladipo, he’s loving #hoosiernation a whole lot!  I need to go visit him I haven’t chilled with him in years

    2min.’s later  Stanford Robinson tweeted  “Just got off the phone with my bro Victor #hoosiernation got him sounding country……”

    This was within the last hour…..looks like some DMV is going to visit Bloomington.

  • iufan4life10

     This is how I understand the situation.

    12-13 playing his “senior” year

    13-14 playing the 11-12 year he missed completely (IU would have to apply to the NCAA)

    14-15 could petition for another year due to so many games missed in first two years

    I think the 5th year of eligibility would almost be guaranteed as he sat out all of last season.  The 6th year would be a tossup imo.

  • Kelin Blab

     Whomever Semi signs with will get an absolute steal. Physically he is college ready, scores without a lot of shake and bake…..

    Would love for him to be a 2013 top priority

  • b_side

    Latham was guarding Fischer? No wonder why he had trouble.  Forget the height, he’s 275 lbs with offers to all of the top D1 schools in the nation (Florida, OSU, Wisco, etc).  As a defensive tackle, guys like him live for contact in the paint. 

    Edit: Sorry for the echo, just realized Kokomo Joe said exactly the same thing.

  • b_side

    Depends on whether the team is young or full of veterans.  JaJuan Johnson wasn’t expected to contribute right away, but by the time KG is ready to go, he’s next in line.

    As far is VO is concerned, he’s got Tony Allen written all over him – defensive stopper coming off the bench. 

  • SeattleHoosier

    VO with a jump shot.  Love it!

  • SeattleHoosier

    VO with a jump shot.  Love it!

  • HoosierDawg

    No chance he would be granted a 6th year. He simply played in too many games in years 1&2.

  • http://www.insidethehall.com/ Alex Bozich

    A sixth year seems extremely unlikely. I know Crean has talked about it, but I just can’t see the NCAA allowing it to happen.

  • http://www.insidethehall.com/ Alex Bozich

    A sixth year seems extremely unlikely. I know Crean has talked about it, but I just can’t see the NCAA allowing it to happen.

  • CreamandCrimson

    True…he had one very below average game against Latham. I just thought “Looks like Fischer got dominated by smaller players last weekend” was a bit harsh considering he played very well for most of the tournament. We are on the same page though. Fischer is a very intriguing prospect.

  • 888

    Mock drafts have Vic going mid to late first round next year. If this stays the same hes gone.

  • spiderman0551

    Man among boys. Too strong and athletic for these kids he’s playing against. Love to have this kid.

  • 888

    Exactly!!! He wasnt a sure fire NBA talent when he arrived at Indiana so he needs to strike while the irons hot. If hes a first rounder next year he needs to go to the draft incase he comes back for his senior year slips to round 2 and screws himself,

  • 888

    The state of Kansas rarely produces any talent like Kentucky. They get their players from Texas and California.

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