Ojeleye on IU: “They’re definitely near the top in my mind”

CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. – Semi Ojeleye (Ottawa, Kan.), the No. 33 overall player in the Class of 2013 according to ESPN.com, told Inside The Hall at the NBPA Top 100 Camp that Indiana is “definitely near the top in my mind.”

The small forward lists Indiana, Duke, Arizona, UCLA and Wisconsin as schools pursuing him the hardest.

He said he spoke on Monday with Tom Crean, who is pushing for him to set up an unofficial visit to Bloomington for next week. That conversation with Crean focused more on getting to know each other off the court rather than basketball.

Ojeleye plans on narrowing his list of schools next week. He’ll then set up official visits based on what programs remain.

Among those could be Indiana, a program that has impressed him as of late.

“They’re a storied program,” he said of the Hoosiers. “I’ve seen guys come in, and they are just a totally different player from year to year. Obviously they are doing something good.”

“They’ve been struggling a little bit, but every program struggles from time to time. They are going to get me better if I go there.”

Ojeleye said he doesn’t plan on making a college decision before his high school season next December.

Until then, he’ll continue to play well against some of the best competition in the country. He had 10 points and four assists in his team’s first game on the campus of the University of Virginia.

In the Nike Elite Youth Basketball League with his AAU team, Mokan Elite, Ojeleye is averaging 16.0 points and 5.6 rebounds in 22.5 minutes per game.

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·  Q & A 2013 wing Semi Ojeleye talks Indiana

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  • Big_Shot_C_Wat

    It is probably in Indiana’s best interest to recruit players that will hold off until Spring to make a college decison. At least for the class of 2013.

  • Big_Shot_C_Wat

    It is probably in Indiana’s best interest to recruit players that will hold off until Spring to make a college decison. At least for the class of 2013.

  • twarrior87

    Since CTC is still heaviliy recruiting Semi I wonder if that means its not looking good on getting Beejay Anya. Does anyone know if they are still heavily recruiting Marcus Lee as well?

  • calbert40

    “I’ve seen guys come in, and they are just a totally different player
    from year to year. Obviously they are doing something good.”

    I like that recruits are noticing that. So, not only are we a “storied program,” as he mentioned, but players are getting noticeably better. Sounds like we have as good a shot as anyone with him.

  • Southport65

    IMHO Beejay is too slow for IU’s team. If you watch his video a lot of his plays are because he was not back on defense and got a pass and easy dunk. He is big and has some talent but I don’t think he could go at our speed without a whole lot of work. So we will see.

  • Southport65

    IMHO Beejay is too slow for IU’s team. If you watch his video a lot of his plays are because he was not back on defense and got a pass and easy dunk. He is big and has some talent but I don’t think he could go at our speed without a whole lot of work. So we will see.

  • http://twitter.com/IUinNap Caleb Moore

    I really like this kid. He’s got a great body already too. He’ll come in and be Big Ten ready immediately. I would obviously be OK with Beejay as well because he’s got potential (so far unreached) and he’s in a position where the best in classes dont come around too often……PF & C. Stanford and Ojeleye would be some nice athleticism to fill out the class. I think DD is destined to play the 4 in Crean’s system. Not sure where hartman fits yet.

  • inLinE6

    He visited Duke a few days ago and got offer there. From what I read, he said the same thing about Duke – on the top of his list. I don’t really think that meant much.

  • inLinE6

    He visited Duke a few days ago and got offer there. From what I read, he said the same thing about Duke – on the top of his list. I don’t really think that meant much.

  • Evansville Hoosier

    I won’t lie, the amount of SF’s in this class is a bit troubling. But I LOVE Semi’s game, more than any other 2013 recruit (Stanford is a close 2nd) I hope we get him and the scholarships work themselves out.

  • Kelin Blab

    One of the most impressive recruits I have seen in awhile that IU is involved in because of his physical ability and what I believe his readiness. Would be more than happy with him as a Hoosier. Seems to play a very strong physical game….I Likey

  • Daburns0

    Hartman is Novak from MU reincarnated. He is probably ctc’s second biggest NBA success. I think he wants to turn CH into that type of player.

  • Arch_Puddington

    Wow! While I know it will sound sacreligious to some, I’ll warrant that with Semi on board, 2013 would rival 2012. Just think of the 5-on-5: Yogi vs. Stan, Buss vs. Ojeleye, Jurkin vs. Fischer, Hollowell vs. Davis, Perea vs. Hartmann. Who do you like at each matchup, and who wins overall?

    Semi Ojeleye, Hoosier nation waits to love you.

  • iufan4life10

    I think Ojeleye is going to be a great player and would be a great Hoosier, but we are in a scholarship crunch. It will be interesting how the 2013 class shakes out when all is said and done. If Zeller is leaving after next year we might want to look at getting another big. Jurkin, Fischer, and Perea will be the only true C/PF we will have unless coach Crean plans on using Davis and/or Ojeleye (if he commits) as stretch 4s.

    The matchups would probably be a little different; Yogi-Stan, Buss-Hartman, Hollowell-Davis, Perea-Ojeleye, Jurkin-Fischer.

    I would still take the 2012 class over the 2013 class in this format. It would be fun to watch though.

  • iufan4life10

    I think Ojeleye is going to be a great player and would be a great Hoosier, but we are in a scholarship crunch. It will be interesting how the 2013 class shakes out when all is said and done. If Zeller is leaving after next year we might want to look at getting another big. Jurkin, Fischer, and Perea will be the only true C/PF we will have unless coach Crean plans on using Davis and/or Ojeleye (if he commits) as stretch 4s.

    The matchups would probably be a little different; Yogi-Stan, Buss-Hartman, Hollowell-Davis, Perea-Ojeleye, Jurkin-Fischer.

    I would still take the 2012 class over the 2013 class in this format. It would be fun to watch though.

  • Trill Bill

    Hartman hasn’t even found a way to dominate high school ball. I don’t think you can compare him to a great player like Novak.

  • Geoff_85

    You might be onto something there, but I will say this…if Coach Crean gets him, he will learn to get up and down the floor because last year showed me that Coach Crean isn’t really interested in playing Wisconsin basketball (THANK GOD) and he has reinforced that by getting recruits that suit his style of play. That’s one of the things I like the most about the recruiting classes that Coach Crean is bringing to Indiana. Next year, with all that depth, they will flat out run opponents out of the gym.

  • CreamandCrimson

    Do you mean the amount of 2013 SF commitments? Luke Fischer is going to play 4/5, Devin Davis is hopefully going to be a banger at the 4, Stanford Robinson is working on becoming a PG (his secondary position would then be SG), Hartman is probably going to be a SF or a stretch 4. I think Semi (still a big if as to whether or not he joins our class) would be the only true athletic wing/SF in the class.

  • http://twitter.com/RatKingCole Cole Phillips Allen

    Hartman is a less athletic Austin Etherington. NOT a Novak.

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

    There have been some comments suggesting players could de-commit, which is something we have stayed away from for five years and will continue to do so. It’s different if someone comes out and talks about it, but pure speculation without any facts to back it up on something like that is not fair to the recruits or the program.

    Bottom line: Discussion is strongly encouraged here and always will be, but baseless claims about players de-committing and going to other schools to make room for other recruits is not something that belongs here.

  • Daburns0

    I think coach Crean is looking for that type of player. I think both AE and CH are similar. AE is more athletic, and CH is a longer player. I am not saying he plays like the guy, just that he has the same length and pure shooting stroke. I guess putting “reincarnated” was a stretch. :) I wouldn’t completely count out Colin Hartman though.

  • stevetodd73

    Stanford is a Hoosier and has committed to giving us all he has and he should be 1 on any list until a commitment is made IMO

  • stevetodd73

    Stanford is a Hoosier and has committed to giving us all he has and he should be 1 on any list until a commitment is made IMO

  • Hardwood83

    I don’t think we know who is going to sign- that is kind of the point, Coaches have to keep recruiting. Even verbal commitments change so I wouldn’t read pursuit of Semi as IU not wanting or even expecting Anya to commit, just there are no guarantees so you have to keep working.

  • Evansville Hoosier

    Listen, I love Stanford, he was near the top of my wish list in any class. But this logic holds that, say, Devin Davis’s game should be considered better than Jabari Parker because he’s committed to us. I can acknowledge other players skill even if they aren’t committed to or considering us.

  • SCHoosier

    If Bill Self lets this kid get out of Kansas..my name is ” Toto”:)

  • SCHoosier

    I dooubt anyone we bring in will match Davis’ “motor”..that kid goes all out all the time.

  • Evansville Hoosier

    And I love Davis’s game! But to say Davis has a better game than a guy like Parker would be a complete fallacy. The talent gap isn’t THAT wide between Stan and Semi, but you get my point.

  • IUMIKE1

    I too have the exact same thoughts. With all of the players that still seem to be in play for us better use of a scholly may be warranted but, alas, I will defer to CTC & staff.

  • IUMIKE1

    I too have the exact same thoughts. With all of the players that still seem to be in play for us better use of a scholly may be warranted but, alas, I will defer to CTC & staff.

  • sireric

    Im going to put this out there right now. Davis will not play the four. He is going to be a tough, physical player at the 3, but won’t grow enought to play the 4. Itd be like when CTC puts Sheehey on a 4. Yeah he tries really hard, but he doesn’t have the size. Lets be realistic here for a second. I think other than Fischer, your positions are a bit out of whack.

  • CreamandCrimson

    That is very possible. I could certainly see Davis playing a SF position. However, if you think my other position projections are “out of whack”, where do you think Robinson and Hartman will primarily be playing? Robinson was quoted in an article on this site as saying CTC wanted him to play PG and I don’t see Hartman as anything besides a 3.

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