Report: Indiana makes final four for Semi Ojeleye

According to Eric Bossi of Rivals.com, 2013 Ottawa, Kansas forward Semi Ojeleye has trimmed his list of schools and Indiana is among the final four.

Ojeleye is also considering Duke, Oregon and Stanford. No visits are planned yet for Ojeleye, according to Bossi’s report.

The 6-foot-6 forward, a consensus top 40 player nationally, took an unofficial visit to Indiana back on June 27.

At the Peach Jam in July, Ojeleye told Inside the Hall that the trip to Bloomington included an opportunity to watch film with Tom Crean and Steve McClain and tour the campus and Assembly Hall.

“It gave me a first-hand view (of Indiana). You have a preconception, but now I have something in my mind I can think about,” he said. “They’re one of the good teams on my list and they’re high up there. I have a lot of respect for Coach Crean.”

Ojeleye led MoKan Elite all the way to the semifinals of the Peach Jam and averaged 17.6 points on 45.9% shooting, 6.3 rebounds, 2.0 assists in 26.6 minutes per game.

Indiana currently has four commitments in the 2013 class — Collin Hartman, Devin Davis, Luke Fischer and Stanford Robinson.

Related:
· Recent visit helps Indiana’s standing with Semi Ojeleye
· Elite 2013 forward Semi Ojeleye confirms offer from IU
· Ojeleye on IU: “They’re definitely near the top in my mind”
· Q & A 2013 wing Semi Ojeleye talks Indiana (Video included)

(Photo credit: NBPA Top 100 Camp)

  • Brklynhoosier

    He cut out KU? Wow…

  • HoosierTrav

    This guy is a monster. I’d say its between Duke and IU.

  • HoosierExile

    They were never much of a factor. I’ve been in Lawrence and no one seems to follow this guy. Self is too busy recruiting the east coast. And this guy seems to have a pretty good head on his shoulders, something most ku players lack.

  • N71

    It would be interesting to understand his perspective on the final four he has listed. If I were to project I think it would go something like this:

    Oregon – cool relationship with Nike, hip choice, nice campus and local setting…not known for basketball though. I will be on national TV once or twice a year if I’m lucky.

    Stanford – if I stay 4 years I have a a degree from the Harvard of the West, nice campus, cool local progressive setting in Palo Alto. My roommate will likely become a billionaire and own an NBA team by the time he’s 30. Not really a basketball school though. I’d have to carry a heavy load on and off the court.

    Duke – legendary coach, if I stay 4 years I have a degree from a great school and my roommate will be the Ex VP for the guy who would have been my roommate at Stanford. Far from home though and super small campus, have to go to go over to UNC for attractive women. Duke: where men are men and the women are too.

    Indiana: up-and-comer with a hot young coach. Great tradition, great school, great campus flooded with attractive ladies. Direct flights from KC to Indy, not too far from home relative to the other 3 choices. Could be national champions this year so exposure will be tremendous for me as a player, similar to Duke. Those warm up pants are second to none.

    Semi has a nice set of choices, can’t really go bad any way he goes.

  • Arsdale

    +1 for the analysis. As for your conclusion, he only has one good choice; the rest are all bad.

  • Arsdale

    +1 for the analysis. As for your conclusion, he only has one good choice; the rest are all bad.

  • SCHoosier

    No Kansas??That’s a shock. I would think DUKE is the main competitor here..altho the other schools will be pointing out IU’s potential scholarship overload again next year (knowing we have to have a big guy). From everything I’m hearing..this kid is too good to pass up..hope Crean has a chance to seal the deal.

  • Brian Workman

    I don’t care really if we even get another player. I say give the scholly to Ron if he wants to get his grades up and come back. With the group we already have coming in next year we are going to be well off anyways without another commit.

  • rhino2125

    I would absolutely loveto snag semi up for so many reasons, I.e. good kid with good head, love his. build, his play, he’s also from KS, etc. I’m just thinking though the number of wings that would be in this.class is up there. I feel like we really need another top big for this year also. bc if, but. hopefully not, CZ goes after this year. were looking at yurkin, Perea, and Fischer, for all of our inside work. I’d love to have a top guy like semi come to Brown and would love to see anya or lee also join him

  • Kris

    Based on his final four schools (pun intended in IU’s case), Semi appears to give priority to the education he will receive at the school he attends. What’s not to like about that? Kind of refreshing considering the NBA focus some other kids have. If nothing else, it’s always nice to make the short list for a top 40 player.

  • Kris

    Based on his final four schools (pun intended in IU’s case), Semi appears to give priority to the education he will receive at the school he attends. What’s not to like about that? Kind of refreshing considering the NBA focus some other kids have. If nothing else, it’s always nice to make the short list for a top 40 player.

  • The_Real_Assembly_Hall

    I think without question Indiana could come away with him. Semi, IU will be one of the greatest experiences of your life and the fans would be tremendously behind you!!!!! Hope to see you in candy stripes!!!

  • The_Real_Assembly_Hall

    I agree!! Wow Semi and Anya plus Stanford Robinson. Along with returning players! Oh man we would still be loaded. Come on Coach Crean, keep it going!!!

  • The_Real_Assembly_Hall

    Don’t forget with Indiana he would be playing in an exclusive conference where every IU game will be televised through BTN, ESPN, or CBS.

  • The_Real_Assembly_Hall

    To be honest I am not scared anymore with Indiana recruiting head to head with Duke. I believe we win that battle the majority of the time now. Not trying to be cocky, just believe in what Coach has done and will keep doing.

  • b_side

    Considering Coach K has LeBron, Kobe and Durant on speed dial, I’m very concerned. Per a CBS article:

    http://www.cbssports.com/collegebasketball/blog/eye-on-college-basketball/19788727/critical-coaches-how-much-is-coach-k-helped-by-team-usa

  • inLinE6

    I love the way you summarize each school. I have a feeling that IU must be his top 2 choices on this list.

  • inLinE6

    Semi is different. We’re already good without him, but we’ll hang banner #7 with him. He’s a perfect fit for Crean’s uptempo system and likely to stay more than 2 years.

  • inLinE6

    I don’t think KU was even in his expanded list months ago. There must be a reason behind it but I can’t recall exactly. His older brother didn’t get to KU might be why he passed up KU too.

  • Reggie

    One of the funniest things on this blog about duke.

  • DarkSouth

    “my roommate will be the Ex VP for the guy who would have been my roommate at Stanford”

    Both hilarious and true, having lunch today with a Duke alum and may have to quote you when basketball comes up.

  • AJ_IU_ColtsFan

    “Duke: where men are men and the women are too.”

    Wait… Duke’s the Purdue of North Carolina?? :-S

  • jacobdetroy

    I am not sure KU ever offered. There interest may not have been high. I live in the Lawrence area, and it’s hard to believe he would have cut KU before official visits if there had been serious interest.

  • The_Real_Assembly_Hall

    Good point indeed, but I think it comes down to more than that. I understand that ultimately it comes down to us being realistic about certain things, but we got to hold court with the swagger or we will never get over the hump. Don’t count out the Hoosiers and lets think positive thoughts..

  • The_Real_Assembly_Hall

    Good point indeed, but I think it comes down to more than that. I understand that ultimately it comes down to us being realistic about certain things, but we got to hold court with the swagger or we will never get over the hump. Don’t count out the Hoosiers and lets think positive thoughts..

  • b_side

    Totally agree that it comes down to more than Coach K’s connections to today’s NBA stars. As the article states, it’s a clear cut advantage and one that makes it difficult to claim that we would win a head to head battle with Duke a majority of the time.

    All things being equal, Semi will go to the team that can offer him playing time and a place to develop a pro career. Obviously, I think IU can offer both – though PT will come at a premium his freshman year with guys like VO, Sheehey, Hollowell likely ahead on the depth chart (assuming VO stays).

    Also, according to an article on Peegs:
    “For now, Ojeleye still plans on signing in the early period and is excited about his senior season.

    “I’m hoping to do that so I can get it out of the way before the season,” said Ojeleye about signing early. “I don’t want it to be an issue for the season when we are playing.”

    We’re already over-signed, so we’d have to wait for Cody and VO to declare for the draft in the Spring. The only chance we’d have, and I hate to say it, is if Creek’s injuries prove too damaging to make a meaningful return.

  • The_Real_Assembly_Hall

    Yep you are right. The numbers don’t lie. I wonder if this will be a perennial issue with us. At first it seems like a bad problem to have, but this could eventually be a negative used against us in recruiting wars. I hope not and the waters clear up soon. It used to be the just the NBA drafting on potential but now even college programs are mortgaging their futures on high school underclassmen and basing their 7 and 8 year plans on virtually unproven players. I think the recruiting scandals and over signing issues would vanish COMPLETELY if a 4 year rule would be put in place by the NBA. The premium would be put back on the universities during recruitment and not in the players hands. Players would be fighting to get to play at certain schools because spots would be truly limited and planned for years in advance with no questions of who will be around or not (barring injuries). The depth in college basketball would be tremendous across the boards and teams would basically be set with a firm plan. If we go back and look at the boom in college basketball in the late 80’s you could argue that the overwhelming majority of players were 4 year guys. Of course there were exceptions, but those exceptions kind of paved the way for this mess we have now. Something needs to be done.

  • superhoops

    Don’t count out former Duke asst. Johnny Dawkins led Stanford. He led them to the NIT championship over Minnesota this spring and is building a nice program in Palo Alto.

  • C_Manuel37

    Not to rain on the parade or anything but if we have one scholarship available for 2013 should we really be hoping that Semi is the one that takes it..? Our 13′ class already has Devin Davis and Hartman if we add Ojeleye that would make 3 small forwards out of a 5 man recruiting class.. In my opinion that is not the ideal situation, I would rather having A) A big man B) A Point or Combo Guard because Jordy is a senior this year so that leaves us with Yogi as our only true point on the roster. As good of a guy and player as Semi seems, I dont know if we should be hoping for him to commit over some of our other options. I would like to hear what everyone thinks…

  • C_Manuel37

    Not to rain on the parade or anything but if we have one scholarship available for 2013 should we really be hoping that Semi is the one that takes it..? Our 13′ class already has Devin Davis and Hartman if we add Ojeleye that would make 3 small forwards out of a 5 man recruiting class.. In my opinion that is not the ideal situation, I would rather having A) A big man B) A Point or Combo Guard because Jordy is a senior this year so that leaves us with Yogi as our only true point on the roster. As good of a guy and player as Semi seems, I dont know if we should be hoping for him to commit over some of our other options. I would like to hear what everyone thinks…

  • Kelin Blab

    I like our chances with this list. Duke is not Duke anymore, still a solid program. Truly believe we got as much if not more exposure than Duke last year. If we land Semi I would be Stanford Robinson happy….unexpected, unknown, but can flat out ball!

  • Kelin Blab

    I like our chances with this list. Duke is not Duke anymore, still a solid program. Truly believe we got as much if not more exposure than Duke last year. If we land Semi I would be Stanford Robinson happy….unexpected, unknown, but can flat out ball!

  • Arch_Puddington

    Remy is a true point, so between him and Yogi we are covered for 2013 and beyond. Davis is a highly skilled defender and transition player, but is neither a shooter nor a skilled penetrator from the wing. Hartmann is an epic shooter, but lacks athleticism. Leaving aside the oversign business, which I’ve stated elsewhere bothers me, Ojeleye is a difference maker. Basketball is increasingly dominated by versatile guards and athletic wings, so I’m not sure we can have too many…

  • marcusgresham

    I thought the arguments against Stanford and Oregon may have been a bit homer-ish, as well. I love IU, but honestly, both of those programs probably have more guys in the NBA right now than IU does. Just because it’s obvious to us doesn’t mean it is to a kid who isn’t old enough to remember IU doing anything significant other than the one final four season.

  • b_side

    I think you’re opening up a can of worms with this idea of a 4-year requirement (or any requirement at all).

    A 4-year requirement limits the earning potential of young athletes whose professional careers are short lived to begin with. To me, it’s completely unethical and only benefits the NCAA, its universities, NBA GMs/Owners and us (the fans). I’ll give you some examples:

    What if LeBron or Kobe had the unfortunate luck of suffering through an array of injuries a la Creek before getting drafted?
    Why should a college basketball player be hindered when baseball, hockey, golf and tennis players can start earning money at a much earlier age? Even NFL players are only required to play 3 years.

    The icing on the cake, which I’ll continue to mention ad nauseam because it’s the most tangible example, is how can we let an 18 year old serve for our country, but not stand to gain from the talents he possesses at a similar age?

  • b_side

    I think you’re opening up a can of worms with this idea of a 4-year requirement (or any requirement at all).

    A 4-year requirement limits the earning potential of young athletes whose professional careers are short lived to begin with. To me, it’s completely unethical and only benefits the NCAA, its universities, NBA GMs/Owners and us (the fans). I’ll give you some examples:

    What if LeBron or Kobe had the unfortunate luck of suffering through an array of injuries a la Creek before getting drafted?
    Why should a college basketball player be hindered when baseball, hockey, golf and tennis players can start earning money at a much earlier age? Even NFL players are only required to play 3 years.

    The icing on the cake, which I’ll continue to mention ad nauseam because it’s the most tangible example, is how can we let an 18 year old serve for our country, but not stand to gain from the talents he possesses at a similar age?

  • inLinE6

    Semi is a MUST have for 2013 class. He has a 4.0 GPA out of high school and looking into finance major in college. If he comes, he gets one of the best business schools in the nation, as well as basketball! And like Cody, he puts education ahead of money, which means we receive his service for at least 2 years or even more. What more do you expect from a 5-star player? A smart kid with great talent, I cant find a better kid to represent IU!

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Tony-Phillips/100001004847898 Tony Phillips

    Son….the women of Duke would blow your mind. Smart and sexy!

  • The_Real_Assembly_Hall

    Engineers can’t be engineers and earn money without a degree? Doctors, dentists, lawyers ? All professionals . These kids need the education to become pros. I could get hurt or injured in an accident in my job which is a dangerous One. Guess what my career is over. we all have risks every day. wow force someone to get a degree. horrible thinking. Develop the game to benefit many scenarios and reduce under table dealings. horrible.

  • AJ_IU_ColtsFan

    LOL, take it up with N71. *He’s* the one saying the Helga’s look like Harveys! :D

  • N71

    Saint Mary’s = Sexy for sure, smart…street smart I suppose as they often land Notre Dame guys that end up working for the Stanford grad.

    Duke Women = you say smart and sexy…what’s your source?

    UNC Women = IU like talent level there

    I noticed Purdue has initiated a new strategy that’s really pretty good. Someone in the administration must have said “enough… we need some more attractive women around here”. Therefore someone (I guy surely, probably one of the baseball assistants) was sent over to China with a stack of scholarships and every hot young woman he saw he said, “here, come to Purdue for free, we need you”. The Indiana farm raise pimpled faced Ag student is easy to spot as she totes her 205 pound frame around campus. This wave though of Asian goddesses is a breakthrough, an innovation of sorts. Smoking hot is one term that comes to mind but its my guess they could care less about Purdue Basketball. Join the club.

  • AJ_IU_ColtsFan

    You know, I may make fun just for the sake of entertaining myself, but the reality is that I don’t have any prejudice against women simply because they’re from Purdue. One of the most gorgeous gals I’ve ever tried to date (notice the word “tried” (*sad face*)) was a Purdue grad.

    Look, if the lion can lay down with the lamb, if Arafat and Rabin could shake hands, if Klingons and Humans can serve on the same starship (*OW*!! Who threw the tomato??!!), then we can get along with Purdue grads.

    ‘Specially if they’re pretty. ;) :D

  • Arch_Puddington

    Duke may not be on quite the epic run they were in the ’90s, but I would describe them as more than a solid program. They won the national championship 2 years ago, they have averaged more than 30 wins/year for the last 5 years, and they had 2 guys drafted in the first round of the NBA draft this year. Not insignificantly, their coach just won his second Olympic gold medal. Purdue is a solid program; Duke is still a giant.

    I do think there is some good news for IU in this, however. Duke’s success hinges on Coach K probably more than any of the other giants hinges on their coach. Attendance at Cameron is already slipping, and as you note, they aren’t quite the power they were when Duke fans could rightly call the Final Four the “Duke Invitational.” When Krzyzewski goes, I suspect Duke will fall quite a bit. Given IU”s momentum, we will be in a great position to fill the void that will be left behind. Just as the other blue bloods have taken recruits we might have landed in better days, we should be able to pick up some recruits that Duke might have landed. Not that we won’t get our share even with Coach K still around, but as Semi’s case shows, Duke is still a serious rival. When that is no longer the case, players of his caliber will be even more likely to land here…

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