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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.
Andrew senior forward Jubril Adekoya committed to Valparaiso on Wednesday.