Ojeleye earns third Academic All-Big 12 honor

By The Mercury

Kansas State senior forward Victor Ojeleye was among 11 players named to the 2012 Academic All-Big 12 men’s basketball First Team on Thursday.

A native of Ottawa, Ojeleye became just the seventh player in school history to earn first-team academic all-conference honors three times in a career and the first since Josh Reid (1997-00). 

Since the Big Eight and now Big 12 started its academic all-league program in 1965, 49 Wildcats have earned recognition to the first, second and honorable mention teams.  Ojeleye joins Lon Kruger (1972-74), Tim Jankovich (1980-82), Ed Nealy (1980-82), Eddie Elder (1983-85), Mark Dobbins (1987-89) and Reid as the only three-time recipients. 

One of just two seniors, Ojeleye has seen action in 22 of the team’s 25 games, averaging 1.3 points on 43.3 percent shooting with 1.7 rebounds in 7.1 minutes per game. He scored a season-high eight points against Texas Tech on Jan. 25, while he grabbed a career-best 10 rebounds against Iowa State on Jan. 31.

Ojeleye is a double major in accounting and finance.

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