After learning last week that two of the nation's top high school basketball players would make official visits this fall, the Oregon basketball program received more good news when the Ducks were named to the top four of one of the elite small forwards in the country.
Being named among the favorites for both Aaron Gordon (San Jose, Calif./Archbishop Mitty) and Jabari Bird (Richmond, Calif./Salesian) was a big deal for the Ducks, but it was more surprising when four-star small forward Semi Ojeleye (Ottawa, Kan./Ottawa) named Oregon as the fourth school in his final group. The Ducks are the wild card as Duke, Indiana and Stanford have long been known as the leaders for the No. 9 small-forward in the ESPN 100.
Ojeleye unofficially visited Oregon and came away impressed with the facilities and the vision that Oregon coach Dana Altman has for him.
"They say that I could come in there right away and the offense would run through me if I worked hard and played up to my capabilities. They have some good players and they get better every year, but at schools like Duke and Indiana, they can't tell me that sort of thing," Ojeleye said. "They already have some of the best players in the country."
Ojeleye joins Gordon, Bird, Tyrell Robinson, Tyree Robinson (San Diego/Lincoln) and Darin Johnson (Sacramento, Calif./Sheldon) as top recruits that have either set or are likely to set up official visits to Eugene this fall.
Bird, the No. 4 shooting guard in the ESPN 100, will visit Oregon on Sept. 22. The Robinsons will take an official football visit Sept. 8 and will spend time with the Oregon basketball coaches during the trip. Johnson, the No. 10 player from California, will visit Eugene on Sept. 14.
Gordon, who has yet to set a visit, said at the recent Under Armour Elite 24 that he is aiming for an October visit and plans to make a decision in the spring.