By Joanna Chadwick
While I thought Wichita North’s Conner Frankamp, a two-time All-State selection and City League scoring record holder (2,275 career points) had an outstanding chance at being named Kansas’ Gatorade Player of the Year, I’m not surprised Ottawa senior Semi Ojeleye, a two-time All-State selection, was given that honor. He set the single-season scoring record and the career-scoring record and won the Class 4A title.
From the press release:
The 6-foot-6, 220-pound senior wing led the Cyclones to a 25-0 record and the Class 4A state championship this past season. Ojeleye averaged 38.1 points, 8.5 rebounds, 1.8 steals and 1.4 assists per game this season. A two-time returning Class 6A First Team All-State selection as named by the Kansas Basketball Coaches Association, he shot 52 percent from the field, 38 percent from 3-point range and 82 percent from the free throw line. Ojeleye amassed 27 points and 15 rebounds in a 54-45 title-clinching victory against Highland Park, scoring a record 104 points in four Class 4A state tournament games. His 952 points as a senior and 2,763 career points also set state records.
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Ojeleye has maintained a 4.00 GPA in the classroom and ranks No. 1 in his graduating class. A member of the National Honor Society, he has volunteered locally on behalf of his church, a food drive, the Ottawa Library and the Hope House emergency relief organization.
"He is an unbelievable talent and from what I hear his work ethic is even better," said Kyle Deterding, head coach of rival Eudora High. "On the court, teams made their entire game plan around him, and he still found a way to get it done. On the court, it would have been easy to get frustrated with what teams were throwing at him, but he always kept his composure."
Ojeleye has signed a National Letter of Intent to play basketball on scholarship at Duke University this fall.