A Day to Remember for Ojeleye

A Day to Remember for Ojeleye

With college coaches hitting the phones to call high school sophomore for the first time today, it's can be a memorable time for athletes looking for their first offer. For Ottawa (KA) HS small forward Semi Ojeleye, fresh off his visit to the University of Wisconsin, it's been a wonderful whirlwind.

MADISON - June 15 is a big day for high school sophomores, a day where the phones of basketball stars ring constantly with college coaches calling them to make their recruiting pitches, try to get them on campus and, if they are lucky, get an official scholarship offer.

Ottawa (KA) HS small forward Semi Ojeleye is one of those sophomores, but the day has been basically a blur for the 6-foot-6, 205-pound prospect. He's had so many coaches calling him that he has a hard time remembering them all, but it's also because he's been so preoccupied enjoying the fact that his hard work paid off with his first scholarship offer ... coming from Bo Ryan and the Badgers.

"I feel really great and really blessed to get that first offer from such a school like Wisconsin," Ojeleye told Badger Nation. "I know I have to keep working hard, but I am real thankful for it."

Ojeleye spent the time at Wisconsin during the program's Advanced Camp, a time where the UW coaching staff typically draws the best players from in state and out of state for two days of basketball drills. Although Ojeleye didn't participate, the camp was said to have been the biggest draw in Bo Ryan's tenure, and Ojeleye was the only one to leave with an offer.

"I got to see most of the university, and it really was a great campus with the lakes and the atmosphere," Ojeleye said. "The facilities are top notch and it really was a great place."

Currently rated as a three-star prospect and the No.15 small forward in the country by Scout.com, Ojeleye is being recruiting by associate head coach Greg Gard and the relationship between them has been growing since Gard visited Ojeleye at his high school last month.

"We talked about what a school like Wisconsin has to offer both academically and basketball wise," said Ojeleye, who carries an A average. "I had a really good time talking with Coach Gard and Coach Ryan."

From that initial visit, Ojeleye said he spent time researching the school, finding out about Ryan's impressive NCAA Tournament appearance streak in his 10 seasons and the school's Sweet 16 appearance last season. After flying home, Ojeleye could see why Wisconsin has so much success each season.

"We knew they were really good but the camaraderie of the players, how they act around one another and how the coaches interact with them really made the biggest impression on me," Ojeleye said.

A good scorer with a knack for finding the open look, Ojeleye averaged 23.3 points and 6.5 rebounds as a sophomore. His ideal recruitment plan for the present is simply focusing on getting better in his overall game … and letting his first big offer sink in.

"Every aspect of my game can improve," Ojeleye said. "I need to get my rebounding up. I played pretty well, but I know I can do better if I keep working at it."

Wisconsin is expected to have three scholarships available in the 2013 class. Other than Ojeleye, La Crosse Aquinas point guard Bronson Koenig is the only uncommitted prospects in that class with an offer from Wisconsin.

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