Recent visit helps Indiana’s standing with Semi Ojeleye

NORTH AUGUSTA, S.C. – When Semi Ojeleye visited Indiana a few weeks back, he did more than just tour the campus and facilities.

During his trip on June 27, Ojeleye talked with Tom Crean and associate head coach Steve McClain and watched some film of his own game with the coaches.

“It was just what they think about and what they could do to help me improve,” Ojeleye said. “Just getting lower and the little things. Guys will be bigger and you’re going to have to shoot floaters and that type of thing.”

On Thursday, Ojeleye showed Crean and assistant Kenny Johnson what he could do in the EYBL Finals at the Nike Peach Jam, where MoKan Elite won two games.

In those games, Ojeleye put up a total of 32 points and 22 rebounds.

As for his recruitment, Ojeleye said there is no favorite. However, he said he is considering Indiana and that his trip boosted his thoughts about the program.

“It gave me a first-hand view,” he said. “You have a preconception, but now I have something in my mind I can think about.”

Besides watching film, the trip to Assembly Hall stood out for the rising senior from Ottawa High in Kansas.

“It’s huge,” he said. “It’s like right on top of you – the stands go straight up.”

Ojeleye is keeping in touch with the Hoosiers as well. He said he often texts McClain about many different topics, including how he could get better.

Along with Indiana, Ojeleye named Duke, Wisconsin and Oregon as the schools most active in recruiting him. But Ojeleye said Indiana is currently in good shape.

“They’re one of the good teams on my list and they’re high up there,” he said. “I have a lot of respect for Coach Crean.”

Wayne Staats is a sports reporter at The Augusta Chronicle, where he’s covered high school sports since August of 2010. He’s reporting this week from the Peach Jam for Inside the Hall.

(Photo credit: NBPA Top 100 Camp)

  • http://twitter.com/RatKingCole RatKingSports

    Another stud. I think it speaks volumes of the hard work our staff puts in to recruiting, that pretty much EVERY one of our targets say Indiana is pursuing the hardest, or at least among the group pursuing the hardest. Hard work pays off! Go get em guys.

  • inLinE6

    Get him and call it done. I’m good with Hartman/Davis/Fischer/Robinson/Ojeleye in 2013.

  • blazinhazin

    I’m a bit curious on how we’re approaching his recruitment. He’s obviously highly rated and Duke wants him. My question is would we want to sign another 3- especially when we’ll have a pretty serious void in the middle if Cody leaves? I guess we could go with a smaller lineup with a frontline of Perea, Hollowell, and Semi- or maybe jurkin or Fisher are ready by then. Still, I’d be interested in how we’d approach this if he committed and essentially ended the recruitment of Anya.

  • Kris

    This is a really neat article. The behind-the-scenes info is golden.
    Anyone else ever heard a teenager use the word “preconception”? Sharp kid.
    Even if the young kid goes somewhere else, the back and forth texts between him and Coach McClain is pretty neat. For him to trust our coaches that much, asking them how he can getter, that’s a huge compliment to our coaching staff.
    Coach Crean and staff continue to impress.

  • Kris

    This is a really neat article. The behind-the-scenes info is golden.
    Anyone else ever heard a teenager use the word “preconception”? Sharp kid.
    Even if the young kid goes somewhere else, the back and forth texts between him and Coach McClain is pretty neat. For him to trust our coaches that much, asking them how he can getter, that’s a huge compliment to our coaching staff.
    Coach Crean and staff continue to impress.

  • HoosierKen73

    Hmmmm, I’m thinking Ojeleye and Anya, then we can be done.. Can you imagine year after next without Cody… we’d still have PJ and Anya as the bigs along with Davis, Robinson, Hartman coming in..and probably Still have Patterson, Perea, Yogi, Hollowell and company. That’d be pretty formidable. Gosh, we need at least two NCAA Champs in the next few years. Then following that.. we can usher in the Trey Lyles and a huge class I see building for that era. I say, “Get ‘em both”…lol..

  • slojoe

    I think we will definitely take a center as we have offered and we are pursuing hard Anya, Lee, & Meeks. I’m not sure where Ojeleye fits in.

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

    There will probably be one more than that too. Anya or Meeks.

  • IUFAN87

    I really like getting put up next to Duke in some one recruitment class….even know there not the best team in college basketball they are the most respected and after what we been through to be fighting for a player duke wants is awesome.

  • Kelin Blab

    Semi is probably my most ‘I want’ player of the 2013 class, including the ones we have committed already. I think he is big ten ready physically and seems to play with a lot of emotion and a good motor. Rebounds well for a wing. If he closed out our 2013 class I would not be upset.

  • SCHoosier

    I’m thinking a Dremont Green kinda of persoanlity and game.

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