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Duke signee Semi Ojeleye named Parade Magazine Player of the Year


For all the accolades heaped upon Kansas signee Andrew Wiggins (and deservedly so), Parade Magazine went with another player for its 2012-13 Boys’ Basketball Player of the Year.

Semi Ojeleye, a Duke signee from Ottawa, Kansas, averaged more than 38 points per game this season while also getting the job done in the classroom to the tune of a 4.0 grade-point average.

Because of those achievements, Ojeleye was named the recipient of Parade’s highest individual honor on Saturday.

This past season, Ojeleye’s high school team went 25-0 and captured its state title, while he set career and senior-year scoring records (2,763 and 952 points, respectively) for the state of Kansas. No mean feat, especially when you consider that the career mark had stood for 17 years. Along with his ability to score, he also averaged nine rebounds, two assists, and two steals a game. He also shot 38 percent from 3-point range and 82 percent from the free-throw line.

The other finalists for the honor were Wiggins, fellow Kansas signee Conner Frankamp, Arizona signee Aaron Gordon, and Oklahoma State signee Stevie Clark.

Parade also announced its All-America Team, which traditionally is a long list that includes players headed to a variety of schools. While nationally-known powers such as Duke, Kansas and Kentucky show up annually, colleges such as North Dakota State, South Dakota State and UC Irvine are also represented on the 2013 list.

The tallest member on the Parade All-America Team is UC Irvine signee Mamadou Ndiaye, who is 7-5 and has the potential to be an impact player in the Big West next season.

And if you’re keeping count as to which college has the highest number of future players on the team, that honor goes to Kentucky. The Wildcats have four players on the list: guards Aaron Harrison and Dominique Hawkins, wing James Young and forward Marcus Lee.

The full list of Parade All-Americans:

NamePos.High SchoolHt.College*
A.J. JacobsonFShanley (Fargo, N.D.)6-6North Dakota St.
Aaron GordonFArchbishop Mitty (San Jose, Calif.)6-8Arizona
Aaron HarrisonGTravis (Richmond, Texas)6-5Kentucky
Anders BromanGLakeview Christian Academy (Duluth, Minn.)6-1South Dakota St.
Andrew WigginsFHuntington Prep (Huntington, W.V.)6-8Kansas
Austin NicholsFBriarcrest Christian (Eads, Tenn.)6-8Memphis
Bobby PortisFHall (Little Rock, Ark.)6-10Arkansas
Brannen GreeneGTift County (Tifton, Ga.)6-7Kansas
Bryce AlfordGLa Cueva (Albuquerque, N.M.)6-3UCLA
Chris WalkerFHolmes County (Bonifay, Fla.)6-9Florida
Conner FrankampGNorth (Wichita, Kan.)6-1Kansas
Cullen NealGEldorado (Albuquerque, N.M.)6-4New Mexico
Derrick Walton Jr.GChandler Park Academy (Harper Woods, Mich.)6-1Michigan
De’Runnya WilsonFWenonah (Birmingham, Ala.)6-6Mississippi State
Dominique HawkinsGMadison Central (Richmond, Ky.)6-1Kentucky
Garet BealFJonesport-Beals (Jonesport, Maine)6-6Maine
Isaiah HicksFJ.F. Webb (Oxford, N.C.)6-8North Carolina
Jabari ParkerFSimeon (Chicago, Ill.)6-8Duke
James YoungGRochester (Rochester Hills, Mich.)6-6Kentucky
Jarell MartinFMadison Prep Academy (Baton Rouge, La.)6-8LSU
Jon SevereGChrist The King (Queens, N.Y.)6-2Fordham
Luke FischerCGermantown (Wis.)6-10Indiana
Mamadou NdiayeCBrethren Christian (Huntington Beach, Calif.)7-5Cal-Irvine
Marc LovingFSt. John’s (Toledo, Ohio)6-8Ohio State
Marcus AllenGCentennial (Las Vegas, Nev.)6-4Stanford
Marcus FosterGHirschi (Wichita Falls (Texas)6-2Kansas State
Marcus LeeFDeer Valley (Antioch, Calif.)6-9Kentucky
Monte MorrisGBeecher (Flint, Mich.)6-1Iowa State
Nick KingFMemphis East (Memphis, Tenn.)6-7Memphis
Nigel Williams-GossGFindlay Prep (Henderson, Nev.)6-3Washington
Peter JokFValley (West Des Moines, Iowa)6-6Iowa
Ricky Seals-JonesFSealy (Texas)6-5Texas A&M
Roschon PrinceGPoly (Long Beach, Cali.)6-5USC
Rysheed JordanGVaux (Philadelphia)6-3St. John’s
Semi OjeleyeFOttawa (Kan.)6-6Duke
Steve VasturiaGSt. Joseph’s (Philadelphia, Pa.)6-5Notre Dame
Stevie ClarkGDouglass (Oklahoma City)5-10Oklahoma State
Tyler EnnisGSt. Benedict’s Prep (Newark, N.J.)6-2Syracuse
Zach LaVineGBothell (Wash.)6-4UCLA
Zak IrvinGHamilton Southeastern (Fishers, Ind.)6-6Michigan

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