Adam Zagoria covers basketball at all levels. He is the author of two books and an award-winning journalist whose articles have appeared in ESPN The Magazine, SLAM, Sheridan Hoops, Sports Illustrated, Basketball Times and in newspapers nationwide.
NORTH AUGUSTA, S.C. — With his performance in the quarterfinals at the Peach Jam Saturday night, Semi Ojeleye continues to open eyes about his vast potential.
A 6-foot-7 small forward from Ottawa (KS), Ojeleye went for 33 points and 8 rebounds as MoKan Elite downed James Young and The Family, 81-79, to advance to a semifinal showdown with Andrew Wiggins and CIA Bounce on Sunday.
Among the coaches on hand were Michigan State’s Tom Izzo — who is recruiting Young and teammate Wesley Clark –Pitt coach Jamie Dixon, Providence coach Ed Cooley, Xavier coach Chris Mack, Illinois coach John Groce, Kentucky assistant Kenny Payne, Kansas assistant Norm Roberts, Arizona assistant Book Richardson and Syracuse assistant Adrian Autry.
“If you think about that [the coaches] you’re not going to play well,” Ojeleye told SNY.tv. “I mean, you’re eyes are going to see them but I try to block it out.”
Ojeleye rattled off a list of Duke, Indiana, UCLA, Arizona, Wisconsin, Illinois, Kansas Kansas State, Oregon and Stanford. He said everyone has offered “except for Kansas.”
“I have a list but my recruiting’s still open,” he said. “After July I’ll see what happens and go from there.”
Wherever he goes, Ojeleye wants to be a three man who can make an impact.
“I just want to improve every day,” he said, “and get better.”
Adam Zagoria is a Basketball Insider who covers basketball at all levels. A contributor to The New York Times and SportsNet New York (SNY), he is also the author of two books and is an award-winning journalist and filmmaker. His articles have appeared in ESPN The Magazine, SLAM, Sheridan Hoops, Basketball Times and in newspapers nationwide. He also won an Emmy award for his work on the SNY mini-documentary on Syracuse guard Tyus Battle.
A veteran Ultimate Frisbee player, he has competed in numerous National and World Championships and, perhaps more importantly, his teams won the Westchester Summer League (WSL) championships in 2011 and 2013.
He lives in Manhattan with his wife and children.