Cameron Oluyitan did not draw a lot of Division I basketball teams’ interest his senior year of high school, playing center in a talented city like Houston. Being 6-foot-6 also was a just a bit of a factor.
Oluyitan, who committed to Boise State on Monday night, went the junior college route last year instead, thriving in a much more natural spot on the wing for Gillette (Wyo.) College.
“I was the tallest kid on my team in high school, so I just did whatever they needed,” Oluyitan said. “Once I got (to Gillette), I was in the right position and got to show what I really can do.”
Last season, Oluyitan averaged 14.6 points and 5.5 rebounds per game for the Pronghorns as a freshman, making 52.2 percent of his field goals, including 41.4 percent from 3-point range. At 6-foot-6, 185 pounds, he could play at the guard/forward spot Anthony Drmic occupied parts of the last five seasons. Oluyitan visited Boise State last weekend after taking official visits to Fresno State and Illinois State. He also had a long list of offers that included Gonzaga, Creighton, UNLV, Colorado State and Western Kentucky.
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“I liked the coaching staff a lot, made me feel like I’ll fit in, built a good relationship with them,” Oluyitan said. “I like the program a lot, they’re already a winning program, and I feel like I can help them win more. I can shoot, and I'm a good passer, can score it. There are good pieces around there, a lot of shooters, a good young point guard (Paris Austin). I can fit in with that.”
Oluyitan did not use a redshirt year, so he will join the Broncos this summer with four years to play three. He said he was going to sign officially Wednesday, though Boise State may wait a few days to announce it until all its compliance work is done.
When he gets to Boise, he may look a bit different. Oluyitan sported a great head of hair last season at Gillette, but laughed and said “I’m going to cut it down. It’s a small town, so there weren’t a lot of places that could do my hair right, so I just grew it out.” Oluyitan also was joined by high school recruit Carlos Johnson on his visit. Johnson (6-4, 220), an Oakland native who decommitted from UNLV last month, is visiting Oregon State this weekend and Washington next weekend.
“We built a friendship, definitely,” Oluyitan said. “He’s a good player, a big guy, definitely could fit in.”
Here is a look at how the Broncos’ roster currently stands:
G James Reid (6-3, 200) - redshirted 2015-16, 7.9 ppg, 34.7 percent 3-point shooting in 2014-15 at UALR
F Nick Duncan (6-8, 260) - 11.6 ppg, 4.2 rpg, 35 percent 3-point shooting (62-177)
G Chandler Hutchison (6-7, 193) - 6.8 ppg, 4.1 rpg; scored in double figures seven times first 18 games, once in final 13
F Zach Haney (6-11, 230) - 3.1 ppg, 2.0 rpg in 8.9 minutes per game
C Robin Jorch (6-10, 250) - 1.9 ppg, 0.8 rpg; made seven starts
G Paris Austin (5-11, 180) - 4.1 ppg, 35:22 assist to turnover ratio; played strong late with 30 points in final four games
C David Wacker (6-10, 233) - has played parts of two seasons, but expected to get medical redshirt
G Cameron Oluyitan (6-6, 185) - committed Monday, expected to sign Wednesday; 14.6 ppg, 52% FG at Gillette (Wyo.) as freshman
G Malek Harwell (6-4, 190) - redshirted last season after tearing ACL in preseason practice
G Alex Hobbs (6-4, 180) - signed in November; among top 25 scorers in the nation with 30.9 ppg last season for La Porte (Texas) High
G Justinian Jessup (6-5, 185) - signed in November; averaged 18.3 ppg for Longmont (Colo.) High, named all-state by Denver Post
*Broncos still have two open scholarships