By Joe Henricksen
Although there was some confusion among members of the Adekoya household regarding Andrew star Jubril Adekoya's commitment to Valparaiso Wednesday morning, it is official. The 6-6 senior committed to Valpo and coach Bryce Drew.
Early Wednesday morning, Adekoya's parents informed the Hoops Report that their son's commitment to Valpo was news to them.
"Neither I nor his mother are aware of any commitment," said Adekoya's father Wednesday morning when told of the commitment. "If he has committed, he has not run that by either one of us and that would go against everything we have talked about as a family."
But the sharp, mature Jubril Adekoya took the blame when it came to the miscommunication with his parents about his commitment.
"They knew I wanted to go to Valpo, that I wanted to commit," Jubril said of his parents. "But I jumped the gun. It was totally my fault and I take responsibility for doing that. They just wanted to sit down and talk about it a little more, to be sure of my decision. But I am committed to Valpo. That's where I want to go, where I want to be."
There were several factors in Valpo's favor when it came to Adekoya choosing the Horizon League school over other mid-major programs that were courting him. A big one was the relationship with the coaching staff.
"Both coach Drew and coach Powell are young, energetic coaches who I really got along with and who I could see myself playing for," says Adekoya. "I can see myself there, playing for them, over my four years of college.
"Plus, the playing situation is going to be there. I think there is a chance and an opportunity for me to play there early in my career if I take care of things on my end, keep working hard and improving."
Adekoya is a big recruiting get for Drew and Valpo. He has been one of the top prospects in the Illinois class of 2013 since the day he entered high school. The rugged but versatile 4-man led Andrew to its most successful season in school history this past season as the Thunderbirds went 24-3 as he averaged 15.8 points and 11.1 rebounds a game. Along the way, Adekoya set a single-season school record with 301 rebounds and a single game record of 21 rebounds in a win over Tinley Park.
Valpo picked up a commitment from Marist senior guard Lexus Williams a little over a month ago.