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Duke signee Semi Ojeleye scores 57 points in high school game

Jan 9, 2013, 4:30 PM EDT

Duke Blue Devils head coach Mike Kryzewski yells at officials in their ACC college basketball tournament game against Florida State Seminoles in Atlanta AP

The focus of Duke’s 2013 recruiting class has been on Chicago phenom Jabari Parker, who committed to the Blue Devils on Dec. 20, but coach Mike Krzyzewski has a couple more aces up his sleeve.

Semi Ojeleye, a 6-6 forward from Ottawa, Kansas, who signed with Duke in September, went off for 57 points in a 77-30 win this week. Perhaps most impressively, though, is that the 57-point performance was not a season-high. Back in December, he scored 58 in another blowout victory.

Ojeleye is known to be a scoring, having averaged over 32 points per game as a junior. With his 6-6 frame, he is athletic and has the ability to be physical around the rim. When he gets to Duke, he will play second fiddle to Parker, but will be part of a Blue Devil team that will need to compensate for the scoring losses of Mason Plumlee, Ryan Kelly, and Seth Curry.

Rasheed Sulaimon will likely stick around for at least another season, added to a returning Quinn Cook. Amile Jefferson could develop more in his sophomore season and Tyler Thornton and Josh Hairston will be seniors.

With Ojeleye added to the mix, Duke might be young, but they could also have some dangerous scoring options.

Daniel Martin is a writer and editor at, covering St. John’s. You can find him on Twitter:@DanielJMartin_

  1. seanb20124 - Jan 9, 2013 at 8:51 PM

    How good is Ottawa Kansas basketball?

  2. tomtravis76 - Jan 9, 2013 at 9:53 PM

    Coach K should take a chance in the NBA for a few seasons. He is such a legend and done everything in college, heck he has done an incredible job with the Olympic teams. He looks like he enjoys working with the Pros so much more these days.Its time he leaves the program to Wojo.

    It would be great if Jordan could get him to the Bobcats. I know the jokes between UNC and Duke would never stop with Coach K working for a TarHeel but who cares about that, that franchise needs something like that to occur.

    • imwhitewolf - Jan 10, 2013 at 1:28 AM

      Give it a break. Mike will be 66 in Feb. A little late to start dealing with the rigors of the NBA. Also, the Olympic teams he’s coached had the cream of the NBA on them. He wouldn’t have the same talent on the Bobcats or the majority of the other teams.

      • tomtravis76 - Jan 10, 2013 at 8:31 AM

        He needs to give Wojo the keys before he loses him.

  3. cspsrbums - Jan 10, 2013 at 8:50 AM

    Why would you go into the NBA to work with a bunch of over paid clowns that don’t listen

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