2013 Ottawa, Kansas forward Semi Ojeleye is off the board.
According to Fox Sports Next recruiting analyst Evan Daniels, Ojeleye gave a verbal pledge to Duke following an in-home visit on Sunday.
Ojeleye had recently trimmed his list of schools to Duke, Indiana, Oregon and Stanford, but had not set up any official visits.
Indiana began recruiting Ojeleye last spring, hosted him on an unofficial visit on June 27 and tracked him in the July evaluation period as he led MoKan Elite to the semifinals of the Nike Peach Jam.
The Hoosiers are still looking to add to their current four-man recruiting class for 2013, which includes Collin Hartman, Devin Davis, Luke Fischer and Stanford Robinson.
2013 forward Marcus Lee has scheduled an official visit for Hoosier Hysteria on October 20 and IU is scheduled to be at Oak Hill Academy on Monday for a visit with Troy Williams.
Kennedy Meeks, a 2013 center from Charlotte, is also expected to receive an in-home visit from the IU staff, according to Tar Heel Illustrated.
Indiana is also expected to have an in-home visit with BeeJay Anya, one of their top targets remaining in the class. Anya hosted Pittsburgh and DePaul on Sunday for visits.
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.
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The final Elite Youth Basketball League (EYBL) event of the year took place last week at the Riverview Park Activities Center in North Augusta, South Carolina as 24 of Nike’s top travel teams competed in the EYBL Finals at the Peach Jam.
Here’s a look at how Stanford Robinson, Trey Lyles and several of IU’s recruiting targets performed statistically at Nike’s premier event of the summer:
· Trey Lyles, Spiece Indy Heat: 12.2 points (42.6% shooting), 8.6 rebounds, 1.6 assists, 1.6 blocks in 25.2 minutes per game.
Notes: It wasn’t a particularly great showing statistically for Lyles as he shot an uncharacteristically low percentage from the field. Perhaps it was just an off weekend or perhaps his rigorous travel schedule this spring and summer finally caught up with him. His most efficient game of the event was a 20-point, eight rebound effort in Spiece Indy Heat’s 70-59 win over Boo Williams.
· Trevon Bluiett, Spiece Indy Heat: 10.4 points (40.9% shooting), 4.0 rebounds, 1.4 assists in 23.6 minutes per game.
Notes: Bluiett also struggled shooting the ball in North Augusta, but he did finish the event on a high note individually as he scored a team-high 19 points (7-of-12 from the field) in a 89-77 loss to Team Final.
· Jaquan Lyle, Spiece Indy Heat: 8.6 points (60.9% shooting), 3.2 assists, 1.8 rebounds, 1.6 steals in 23.4 minutes per game.
Notes: It was a tough weekend for Spiece Indy Heat as they finished 1-4 and failed to advance out of pool play, but overall Lyle shot the ball very well and did a solid job of limiting his turnovers (a total of 10 in five games).
· Marcus Lee, California Supreme: 9.4 points (69.0% shooting), 6.6 rebounds, 2.6 blocks in 23.4 minutes per game.
Notes: Lee’s offensive game seems to be very much a work in progress as he attempted just 5.8 shots per game, but he was among the event leaders in both field goal percentage and blocked shots.
· BeeJay Anya, Team Takevover: 8.2 points (57.7% shooting), 3.8 rebounds, 2.4 blocks in 16.8 minutes per game.
Notes: Anya’s minutes were limited by foul trouble in a loss to E1T1 and a win over Baltimore Elite and his overall numbers suffered as a result.
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.”
Indiana’s push to add to its current four-man recruiting class for 2013 continued this week as the Hoosiers hosted Semi Ojeleye, a versatile 6-foot-6 forward from Ottawa (KS) on an unofficial visit.
A recent profile of Ojeleye in The Kansas City Star placed Duke at the top of the heap for ESPN.com’s No. 33 player nationally. Ojeleye left Bloomington with an offer and our brief conversation with him Wednesday night seemed to indicate the visit went well. Ojeleye’s trip east also included a Thursday stop at Illinois.
The top 50 forward was at Texas A & M on Wednesday, Texas on Thursday and is scheduled to see Baylor as well.
· USA Basketball’s U17 team begins play today at the FIBA U17 World Championship for Men in Kaunas, Lithuania.
2013 DeMatha (MD) center BeeJay Anya and 2014 Apple Valley (MN) point guard Tyus Jones, who both have offers from IU, are two members of the 12-man roster that also features Jabari Parker, the No. 1 player nationally in 2013.
Anya’s participation in the FIBA tournament, coupled with his schedule with Team Takeover in July, will likely push any visits to August.
· Collin Hartman and Cathedral carried their strong play from last week’s USSFA Shootout over to Mackey Arena on Thursday by winning the Puccini’s Purdue Shootout. The Fighting Irish are a strong candidate to open the season as the No. 1 team in Class 4A.
· 2014 Mount St. Joseph’s (MD) guard Phil Booth, who we profiled earlier this month, took an unofficial visit to Maryland this week and also picked up a scholarship offer from Xavier per multiple reports on Twitter.
Booth’s father, Phil Sr., said earlier this month that the family planned to make a trip to Bloomington either in late June or August.
2013 Ottawa, Kansas forward Semi Ojeleye was on campus for an unofficial visit Wednesday and left with a scholarship offer from the Hoosiers.
Ojeleye, the No. 33 player nationally in his class according to ESPN.com, confirmed the offer in a text message to Inside the Hall.
The 6-foot-6 forward now has offers from Arizona, Duke, Illinois, Indiana, Kansas State, Missouri, Oregon, Stanford, UCLA, Wisconsin.
He’ll take an unofficial visit to Illinois later today.
It was a very successful spring for Ojeleye in the Nike Elite Youth Basketball League as he helped lead MoKan Elite to a berth in July’s Peach Jam, one of the premier summer events.
Ojeleye is averaging 16.0 ppg and 5.6 rpg and has 28 assists, 13 steals and five blocks in 22.5 minutes per game in EYBL play.
Earlier this month at the NBPA Top 100 Camp in Charlottesville, Va., Ojeleye told Inside the Hall’s Greg Rosenstein that Indiana was one of his top schools.
“They’re a storied program,” he said. “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.”
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.”