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    Semi Ojeleye, Ottawa

    Duke University basketball recruit Semi Ojeleye exploded for 57 points over the weekend as Ottawa (Kan.) routed Paola (Kan.) 77-30. The 6-foot-8, 215-pound senior had scored a career-high 58 points earlier in the season during a 102-29 rout of Wray (Colo.).

    Junior guard Justin Coleman (5-9, 155) of Wenonah (Birmingham, Ala.) scored a career-high 56 points during a 90-89 double-overtime loss to three-time Class 3A defending state champion Columbia (Decatur, Ga.). He drilled 15-of-28 shots from the field and 22-olf-23 from the free throw line. It marked the first loss for Wenonah, which has won the last two Class 5A state titles in Alabama.

    *Senior guard Anders Broman scored 49 points, but Lakeview Christian Academy (Duluth, Minn.) suffered a 96-68 loss to West Lutheran (Plymouth, Minn.). Anders now has a boys state-record 4,297 career points and counting.

    *Chase Davis, a 6-6 senior, scored 47 points as Garland Christian Academy (Garland, Texas) nipped Lakehill Prep (Dallas, Texas) 75-73 in overtime. He poured in 30 of his team's 45 points after the third quarter and made all 12 free throw attempts.

    *St. James (Murrells Inlet, S.C.) outlasted Conway (S.C.) 70-64 in a four-overtime thriller. Caleb Duggan led the way with 25 points.

    *Already loaded with talent, Montverde Academy (Montverde, Fla.) expects to enroll, perhaps, the premier player in Australia this month, assistant coach Ray Miller told MaxPreps. He is 6-8 sophomore Ben Simmons, who turned recruiters' heads during summer camp action in the U.S. Miller said that he is going to enroll, but might not play until his junior year. No decision has yet been made.

    *Dale Mabrey became the third coach in Kentucky history to record 800 victories when Pleasure Ridge Park (Louisville, Ky.) defeated Southern (Louisville, Ky.) 82-39.

    *The Charlotte Observer reported that the Jordan Brand Classic all-star basketball game is being moved from Charlotte, N.C., and will be held at the new Barclays Center, home of the NBA Brooklyn Nets, in Brooklyn, N.Y., on April 13.
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    Semi Ojeleye averaged over 31 points and seven rebounds per game at Ottawa High School in Kansas.

    Five-star small forward Semi Ojeleye of Ottawa (Kan.) committed to Duke during an in-home visit Sunday, becoming the second highly-touted senior prospect to commit to the Blue Devils.

    Ojeleye's pledge was confirmed by Ottawa head coach Jon McKowen via Twitter.

    The 6-foot-6, 215-pound standout is ranked No. 23 in the MaxPreps Class of 2013 Top 100. Ojeleye averaged 31.7 points and 7.1 rebounds per game as a junior at Ottawa, leading the Cyclones to a 23-2 record and an appearance in the Kansas Class 4A state title game.

    Ojeleye saw his stock rise considerably over the summer on Nike's Elite Youth Basketball League circuit with MoKan Elite, posting 16.0 points and 5.6 rebounds per contest.

    Ojeleye is among the most physically impressive prospects in the country, possessing a frame that SEC football coaches would covet at the defensive end spot with explosive athleticism. Older brother Victor just finished a four-year career at Kansas State.

    Duke also has a Class of 2013 commitment from five-star guard Matt Jones, ranked No. 10 in the MaxPreps Class of 2013 Top 100. The Blue Devils emerged as a clear leader for Ojeleye over the summer but he still received a strong push from programs like Oregon, Indiana and Stanford.