Oakmont's Adenrele signs, says UC Davis feels like home
In front of faculty, peers and coaches Friday, Oakmont High School senior John Adenrele signed his national letter of intent to play basketball for UC Davis next fall.
Adenrele, a 6-foot-6 forward, averaged 11.4 points and nine rebounds per game last season and made the Sierra Foothill League’s honorable-mention list.
“He’s a natural leader – not always vocally but with his ability and skill set,” Vikings coach Rick Campbell said. “He’s a talented kid so he leads by example.”
Adenrele is the first basketball player from Oakmont to sign with a four-year school since 2002, Campbell said.
“He’s incredibly athletic – long, really, really good defensive instincts. He’s a really good rebounder,” Campbell said. “He’s getting much better at his perimeter game and putting the ball on the floor.”
Adenrele said Washington State and USC were among the schools looking at him, but he felt at home in Davis.
“Davis is probably the best fit for me because they gave me the flexibility to play (small forward or power forward),” Adenrele said.
Campbell said, “It’s a great fit for him academically and athletically.”
Adenrele said he plans to work hard in hopes of not needing to redshirt his freshman year.
In the meantime, Adenrele and the rest of the Vikings team are getting geared up for the high school season.
“It’s really a relief. I can’t really put it in words,” Adenrele said. “It’s just like having all the weight in the world lifted off your shoulders. You have to go out and work hard, but that’s about it. You don’t have to impress anyone because you know you’re already committed to a school.”
While Adenrele is confident about the upcoming season and his play, Campbell knows the signing could put a competitive target on Adenrele’s back.
“The kids, the players, all around, they kind of pay attention, and it’s like, ‘Oh, he signed with UC Davis.’ So now it’s like when kids play him, that’s a measuring stick,” Campbell said. “It’s great for him, but it also means he’s got to play.”