May 16, 2012
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (seminoles.com) –
Michael Ojo, who earned All-American honors at the National Association of Christian Athletes Tournament in 2012, has signed to attend Florida State University and play basketball for head coach Leonard Hamilton. The 7-1, 290 pound center averaged 15.0 points, 14.0 rebounds and 5.0 blocked shots as a senior at Tennessee Temple High School in Chattanooga, Tenn.
Ojo (Lagos, Nigeria) is the sixth member of Florida State’s recruiting class that has already addressed its overall team improvement after losing four seniors and two graduate students from the Seminoles’ 2012 ACC Championship and fourth consecutive NCAA Tournament team. Ojo joins Florida State’s nationally ranked recruiting class of guard Devon Bookert (Anchorage, Alaska/West), guard Montay Brandon (High Point, N.C./Wesleyan Academy), forward Robert Gilchrist (London, England/Polk State Junior College), guard Aaron Thomas (Cincinnati, Ohio/Brewster Academy) and center Boris Bojanovsky (Slovak Republic/The Oakley School).
Ojo becomes the third player on Florida State’s roster for the upcoming season that stands at least 6-11. Kiel Turpin, who is in his second year as a Seminole is 6-11, while Ojo is 7-1 and Bojanovsky is 7-3. Florida State was the second tallest team in the nation and, with the addition of two players at 7-1 or taller, the Seminoles will certainly continue to utilize their collective height to their advantage.
“We are excited about this group of players and the opportunity that each one of them will have to help our team continue to build on the foundation we already have in place,” said Hamilton. “Michael fits in well with the high-character type of student-athletes already included in this class. We are going to have patience with this group but they will grow as individuals and their progress will be evident quickly.”
In addition to earning All-American honors from the NACA, Ojo was named to the All-Tournament team at the NACA Tournament in 2012.
“Michael has been playing basketball for only a few years and is a dedicated, hard-working young man who has a very high basketball ceiling,” said Tennessee Temple High school head coach Randy Lee. “While I don’t want to place unrealistic expectations on Michael, he is right now physically talented enough to play in the ACC – he only needs time to develop his understanding of the game of basketball. He has the ability to be a good rebounder and has a very imposing presence in the paint with his 7-foot-8 wingspan. Coach Hamilton and his staff not only have a great history of identifying talented post players but they have the patience to help them develop over time. Florida State and Coach Hamilton’s system are perfect fits for Michael and he will be a great addition to the Seminole program.”