- Scott Powers, Reporter
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CHICAGO -- Andrew senior forward Jubril Adekoya committed to Valparaiso on Wednesday.
Adekoya, who is 6-foot-6 and 215 pounds, chose the Crusaders over Akron, Loyola, Northern Illinois and Southern Illinois, among others.
Adekoya was an ESPNChicago.com all-area selection last season and averaged 15.8 points and 11.1 rebounds. He set a single-season school record with 301 rebounds and a single-game record with 21 rebounds versus Tinley Park.
“Honestly, I wasn’t going to rush it,” Adekoya said of his commitment. “My plan was to wait after July and do it before the high school season. I was just so comfortable with Valparaiso coach (Bryce) Drew and coach (Roger) Powell.
“To an extent it was frustrating (I wasn’t getting higher looks.) I guess I’m undersized to these coaches who are making the decision. There’s nothing I can do about it. I think I have more talent and a better work ethic than the bigger players ahead of me. At Valparaiso, we can beat all those coaches and teams who overlooked me.”
Adekoya felt Valparaiso had a chance in the near future to be one of the nation’s premier mid-major teams. The Crusaders won the Horizon League regular season title and advanced to the NIT last season.
“Coach Drew in his first year made a name for himself,” said Adekoya, who plays for MeanStreets during the club season. “I think he can go only go up. After awhile we won’t be a Cinderella. If we take care of business, we’ll be a mid-major power and make a name for ourselves.”
Adekoya is Valparaiso’s fourth Class of 2013 recruit. He joins Marist’s Lexus Williams from Illinois in the recruiting class.