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  • JUCO Hoops: Vols’ Adeoye picks Western Kentucky

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  • John A. Logan College sophomore forward Aaron Adeoye has chosen Western Kentucky University to continue his basketball career.
    The 6-foot-7 Marion native averaged 14.3 points and eight rebounds per game for the Volunteers. He was named an NJCAA All-American, as well as First Team All-Great Rivers Athletic Conference and First Team All-Region 24.
    “I had a good visit at Western Kentucky last weekend,” Adeoye said. “I like the team. I like the coaches. I like the fact that they went to the NCAA Tournament. I just felt good about things when I was there.”
    Adeoye chose the Hilltoppers over Indiana State, Murray State and SIUC among others.
    “I felt I had at least three good choices and Western Kentucky was the right one for me. Academics were never an issue. All my classes will transfer,” said the finance major with a 3.0 GPA. “I’m looking forward to the opportunity to show what I can do. I plan to bring to Western Kentucky what I brought to Logan – a presence in the paint and the ability to hit an outside shot.”
    As for his one year at Logan, Adeoye said he is glad he made the decision to enroll at the Carterville campus so that he could sharpen his game skills and allow his family and friends to see him play.
    “I have nothing but positive things to say about Logan,” he said. “I left a situation at Ball State that wasn’t all that bad for an even better situation at Logan. They treated me right and gave me the opportunity I needed to succeed.”
    Vols head coach Kyle Smithpeters said he couldn’t be happier for Adeoye.
    “We were very fortunate to have Aaron around this past season. He won us a lot of ballgames and was recognized with a number of postseason awards. Even though other teams were working hard to try to stop him, Aaron persevered. He was a very consistent player for us who brought with him energy and focus each night out.”
    Smithpeters said Adeoye set the perfect example for his teammates.
    “He went to class. He made the grades. And he did all that while working hard to improve himself as a player each day in practice. Aaron has made himself a better player than when he first arrived here.”
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