K-State senior Victor Ojeleye was named one of the Top 10 male finalists for the 2012 Arthur Ashe Jr. Sports Scholar Award on Wednesday in a joint announcement by Diverse: Issues in Higher Education magazine and the NCAA.
Ojeleye was among 20 student-athletes (10 male and 10 female) selected to the finalist list from more than 600 minority candidates nominated by their respective institutions.
The winners will be profiled in the May 24 edition of Diverse magazine. He was one of five Big 12 student-athletes named as finalists for the award — the most from one conference — and included Emmanuel Acho (Texas, football), Chelsea Garcia (Oklahoma State, softball), Krista Lopez (Oklahoma State, soccer) and Beth West (Texas A&M, soccer).
A native of Ottawa, Ojeleye has been a leader on and off the court during his playing career. A four-year lettermen and two-time captain for the Wildcat basketball team, he is a part of the winningest senior class in school history with 96 victories. He is also one of just seven players in school history to earn first team academic all-conference honors three times in a career and the first since Josh Reid (1997-2000).
Ojeleye will graduate from K-State in May with a dual degree in accounting and finance.
Past winners of the Sports Scholar Award include Heisman Trophy winner Robert Griffin III (2011), ESPN analyst and former Tennessee standout Kara Lawson (2003) and NFL Hall of Fame running back Marshall Faulk (1993).