Sunday, September 9, 2012

Ottawa prep Semi Ojeleye picks Duke


Semi Ojeleye, a 6-foot-6 senior forward from Ottawa High, orally committed to play basketball at Duke during Sunday’s in-home visit with Duke coach Mike Krzyzewski.

Ojeleye, who is ranked No. 30 in the Class of 2013 by, also had Indiana, Stanford and Oregon on his list. Kansas University did not have Ojeleye on its recruiting list.

KU coach Bill Self had a pair of in-home visits scheduled Sunday. He visited with 6-foot Wichita North commit Conner Frankamp in the morning and was slated to visit with Chris Jones, a 5-11 point guard from Northwest Florida State College, in the evening.

New name

KU is now recruiting Joel Embid, a 7-foot senior from Montverde (Fla.) Academy, reports. The unranked player also has Florida, Louisville, Texas, UCLA and others on his list.

Bill on Billy

Self tells ESPN he has not spoken to embattled Texas Tech coach Billy Gillispie for about a month. Gillispie is under fire at Texas Tech for allegedly practicing more hours than the NCAA allows and mistreatment of injured players.

“I do know that Billy is tough. I know that he only knows one way to do it, and that’s to be tougher, harder and more prepared than his opponent, period,” Self told “To be honest with you, it’s a pretty successful method that a lot of coaches use. Billy’s different. He has his own motivating tactics.

“With Billy, you’re talking about a guy that’s gone from six wins to 24 wins (at UTEP). You’ve got a guy that has gone from zero conference wins (at Texas A&M) to the Sweet 16 in a short amount of time,” Self added. “He does have some experience doing it his way and doing it big. His way works.”

Self added ...

“Mistreatment of players should never occur, but there are also two sides to every story. That certainly appears to be the case here, because after hearing from his enemies early, now we’ve heard from guys who say, ‘Oh, man, he was so hard on me, but I’m a better man for it.’ Including players in his current program. As far as making guys practice and play when they’re hurt, it’s unfathomable to me that the guy that I know would put anyone out there in harm’s way intentionally. I have a hard time believing he would do that.”

Of the practice-time issue, Self said: “When did it happen? Did it happen over Thanksgiving break? Or did it happen when class was in session? If it happened over a break, then there’s absolutely no issue, because it’s totally legal. I do know that my players here think we practice a lot longer than we actually do. All players do. You could have a practice plan out there that says ‘96 minutes,’ and the players think, ‘Oh God, we’re going two-and-a-half hours today.’ Sometimes you stay on schedule, sometimes you don’t. But in their minds, everyone practices too long.”


bennybob 1 year, 7 months ago

Fellow Jayhawk fans i have a funny story i would like to share with you:

My brother texted me today to tell me that John Callipari was at his school (apple valley highschool in Minnesota) to recruit Tyus Jones (#1 PG in '14 class).

Being a loyal jayhawk he asked me what he should do. I replied he should walk up to Callipari and say "Tyus is going to cost a lot more than the 250k you paid Anthony Davis"

I'm going to pick my brother up from the after school detention he got for that comment in a hour.

We both feel it was well worth it!

Rock Chalk!


Konkis Dongington III 1 year, 7 months ago

Perhaps more pertinent to KU's recruiting efforts is that we've missed on Freeman:

I wish this was the news we'd got out of the Barber visit. Just another example of why you wanna be first. Of course, why report on someone KU was actually targeting?


Dyrk Dugan 1 year, 7 months ago

in regards to Semi: HCBS wasn't recruiting him...we didn't even offer. so it's a moot point that he went to Duke. Basically, everyone else in the area is at a loss...KSU, MU, Illinois...because they were actively recruiting him. this is only a story since he lives in Ottawa KS.

in regards to Billy Gillispie, Coach Self knows him about as well as anyone. if anybody gets to comment on this, as a third party, it's Bill Self. He was on his staff at two different programs......the two talked, when they were coaching other programs, at least once a week. This isn't a guy who is an acquaintence of the subject...he KNOWS him....maybe sometimes, even better than Billy himself. So Self should be respected in all of his comments on this.

all of this being said, Gillispie should have never left aTm for UK. he was beloved in College Station....he totally had that program going...his way. at UK, his personality didn't fit at all. he felt the backlash, and then he couldn't handle it. and he hasn't been the same since.


Jack Wilson 1 year, 7 months ago

This is the only thing that really matters in this article going forward:

"KU is now recruiting Joel Embid, a 7-foot senior from Montverde (Fla.) Academy, reports. The unranked player also has Florida, Louisville, Texas, UCLA and others on his list."

Seems ok if he's the 2nd post player in this class behind one of the top 50 guys we're going after for 2013; however, not ok if he's the top post player in this class.


kansas25 1 year, 7 months ago

Semi is a big K-State fan, but I think education and a really good program won out here. He's a good kid and a great player, but KU didn't need him. Unfortunately for KSU, they did.


jayhawkinATL 1 year, 7 months ago

Guess we'll get to see Ojeleye firsthand next year in the Champions Classic in Chicago.


Tony Bandle 1 year, 7 months ago

Reasons Kansas Passed on Semi;

  • We already have a Traylor.

  • No one could pronounce his name.

  • Well, even if it was Rat Face, at least it wasn't Uncle Roy or Calicheatothecowscomehome.

  • The next 6'-6" guy we recruit better be a guard.

  • KU thought it was Ottawa, Canada and suspected eligibility and visa issues.

  • Semi felt the color, Crimson clashed with his eyes.

  • Too much traffic on the daily commute.


Konkis Dongington III 1 year, 7 months ago

So to head off the question of why Self didn't recruit Semi here's the answer:

Andrew White

Ben McLemore

Brannen Greene

No slight to Semi, but when we have three players who are more talented/experienced playing his position (2/3), we aren't gaining anything by adding a fourth. What we want to round out this class is a quality big and a strong ball handler. That means 1s, 4s, or 5s. It was just poor timing. Any other year and I have no doubt Self would have been all over local talent.


Lonnie Ross Dillon 1 year, 7 months ago

I suspect Coach Self had no interest in the young man, but it rankles to have Duke come to Kansas to take good talent out of the state.


MrMario15 1 year, 7 months ago

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jc1306 1 year, 7 months ago

Semi was a Missouri Valley Eclipse AAU guy. We don't get involved with those guys for political recruiting reasons. The same reason we didn't recruit Willie Cauley just down the road.


REHawk 1 year, 7 months ago

Currently, we appear to be well stocked with players in Semi's size range, with our pressing needs to exist at the center and point positions. I never captured a sense that Semi was ever much interested in KU. Maybe early on in his high school career he became miffed that our coaching staff did not beat a path to his door? Didn't I once read that his family was more enthusiastic about K State athletics than they were about the Jayhawks?


midwest_muser 1 year, 7 months ago

I never had a sense the Self was interested in Semi, are there issues with him?


RJ King 1 year, 7 months ago

Ojeleye: Puzzling. Stanford, Duke, Oregon (???), and Indiana. Sounds like a bright kid, who maybe wanted the experience of being far away from home. Hopefully, diamonds are not a Semi best friend.

Self's grasp of teens/young adults and human nature > many.


Joe Satterwhite 1 year, 7 months ago

Success comes at a high price, and no I'm not talking about John CaliPaypal. But I think Self is basically saying that if these guys at TT wanted to be as successful as they "thought" they did, then they would've sucked it up and practiced for as long as the rules allowed them too. You gotta believe that while those players were under Pat Knight they developed a level of complacency and laziness, but when Billy got there he pushed the crap outta them until they pushed back. My dad (who's an A&M alum) told me stories about how when Gillespie came to A&M, Acie Law IV wanted transfer and if not for his mother forcing him to stay would have. And we all know what Law did to us at the fieldhouse a few years later. Billy is a craaaazzzy coach....more of Bob Knight kind of guy than Pat Knight will ever be.


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