Semi Ojeleye is bringing in accolades even before starting his freshman season with the Blue Devils.
Parade Magazine gave out its 57th annual Boys Basketball Player of the Year award this week, and Ojeleye was its choice. The Ottawa, Kan. native beat out Kansas commits Andrew Wiggins and Conner Frankamp, Oklahoma State commit Stevie Clark and Arizona signee Andrew Gordon.
Ojeleye averaged more than 38 points, nine rebounds, two assists and two steals per game during his senior year at Ottawa High School, leading the Cyclones to a perfect 25-0 record and a state title.
The magazine lauds both Ojeleye’s considerable talent on the court as well as his talent in the classroom, saying that the 6-foot-6 forward—who is also valedictorian of his high school class—could be “the most impressive winner yet.”
This year, Ojeleye was one of the nation’s most prolific prep scorers, averaging more than 38 points per game for Ottawa High School, located just outside of Kansas City in the basketball-crazy state of Kansas. The 6-foot-6 small forward has signed a letter of intent with Duke—his 4.0 grade-point average and membership in the National Honor Society making him a nice fit at a school known for its blend of academics and basketball excellence.
Duke associate head coach Steve Wojciechowski tweeted out his congratulations to the Blue Devil to be.
Congrats to incoming freshman @semiojeleye who was named Parade Magazine high school boys basketball NPOY. Big time!!
— Steve Wojciechowski (@steve_wojo) May 18, 2013
Ojeleye will compete for frontcourt time with Josh Hairston, Amile Jefferson, Alex Murphy and fellow freshman Jabari Parker throughout the 2013-14 season.