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  • 903 mens national championships Dec 16, 2012
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    Rice got the inside scoop on Ojeleye from a faculty member who moved from Ottawa to De Soto this year and raves about Ojeleye's character.

    "Nobody has anything bad to say about that kid," Rice said. "It's been a pleasure getting to play against him. I know I enjoy the moment and I love watching him play. I'm going to miss that next year. Well, I'll miss it and I won't, if you know what I mean."

    During a blowout win Dec. 6 against Wray (Colo.) in the opening round of the Goodland (Kan.) Topside Tipoff, Ojeleye pumped in 58 points, but he didn't pound his chest about it.

    "He always keeps himself humble," McKowen said. "Even after last Thursday's game, where he scores 58 points, I turn around and he's helping our manager put our basketballs away in a bag before he comes to the locker room."

    He spent the next hour signing autographs for children - a request he seldom turns down - and talking with them, making new fans at every stop along his basketball journey.

    It's his family, including his father, Ernest, who is a family physician in Ottawa, and his brother, Victor, who played basketball at Kansas State and won the 2012 Arthur Ashe Jr. Sports Scholar Award, and his faith that keep him grounded.

    "My faith is what really defines me," Ojeleye said. "It humbles me that I'm in this position and am able to do some of these things. But you just have to remember where it comes from. It comes from God. When I think back on things or reminisce, I'm just thankful."

    Fans who make the trek to Avila to see watch him play will be thankful too - and for the bargain price of $7, which easily beats the cost of a flight to North Carolina next year and a scalped ticket at Cameron Indoor Stadium.

  • 903 mens national championships Dec 16, 2012
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    http://www.newsobserver.com/2012/12/14/2545572/semilore-ojeleye-who-will-showcase.html"Semi the basketball player is amazing," Ottawa coach Jon McKowen said. "You can Google his name and see all the clips, but Semi the person is more impressive to anybody's that got to know him."

    McKowen and the Cyclones had just finished a morning practice in November 2011 when he glanced at the adjacent middle school football field and saw Ojeleye running toward his house.

    Frost coated the cars in the parking lot, where McKowen had parked next to Ojeleye's truck, so he figured something had to be wrong.

    McKowen fired off a text to see if Ojeleye was OK or needed a ride.

    After a few minutes, Ojeleye, who lives only a few blocks from the school, replied that he'd left his wallet at home and didn't feel right driving without his license.

    "I had just got my license and didn't think it would be a good time to get any tickets," said Ojeleye, who turned 18 last week. "My house wasn't too far away, so I ran home and ended up finding my wallet in the driveway. It turned out I had run over it with my truck. I guess it fell out of my pocket when I was closing my door."

    It's unlikely anyone would have been the wiser had Ojeleye hopped in his truck and scooted home, but he would have known.

    "That's just who Semi is," McKowen said. "He does the right thing no matter if people are watching or not watching. That's what really sets him apart, not just from other high school students but from most adults also."

    Even opposing coaches marvel at Ojeleye - the player and the person - despite the monster nights he routinely hangs on teams in the Frontier League.

    "In my opinion, he is everything you want a high school athlete to be," De Soto coach Matt Rice said. "He's very humble on the court, and doesn't showboat. He's always been very polite toward me, the referees and his teammates. He doesn't come across as selfish. He's just everything you'd want to see."

  • blueduke4 Dec 14, 2012
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    matt jones looks to have improved tremendously

  • Brackettville Dec 14, 2012
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    Very nice! I am very excite!

  • BlueDevils00 Dec 14, 2012
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    Jabari didn't look all that good last night, but he did miss 3 months with a fractured ankle and only returned last week. There's a reason Sports Illustrated called him the best HS Player since Lebron James.

    On the other hand, Matt Jones is awesome. Incredibly underrated, he consistently scored against the #1 team in the nation. I also loved his leadership and fearlessness in leading his team to victory.

    Both Jones and Parker will fit in great with Duke, when Coach K wins his 5th (maybe 6th?) NCAA Title next season.

  • blueduke4 Dec 14, 2012
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    The kid has definately gotten much better, i like it. Hey 903, you check out jabari and matt jones last night?

  • 903 mens national championships Dec 14, 2012
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    http://www.varsitykansas.com/2012/12/06/41856/raleigh-leads-hesston-past-garden.htmlOjeleye scores 58 - Ottawa senior Semi Ojeleye, who has signed with Duke, scored 58 points in Ottawa's 102-29 win over Wray, Colo., on Thursday in Goodland.

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