Playing at small Coppin Academy, located on the Coppin State University campus, Josh Adeyeye has left a huge impression, averaging 32 points a game this season. Boasting a 3.7 GPA and 1,370 SAT score, the 6-foot-5 forward/guard is attracting interest from several Division I programs.
VSN: What has it been like playing for a relatively new program?
It’s a good situation. I was in Virginia (at Shenandoah Valley Academy) before and wasn’t getting too much exposure, and really didn’t know about Coppin Academy. My coaches have helped me get on the map. I like the team, I like the school. We’re in the process of building of the program and I’m glad to be a part of it.
VSN: How did you end up at Coppin Academy?
My dad (Jacob Adedeye, a Coppin University professor) works here, so he found it convenient that Coppin Academy was on the campus so he can keep an eye on me.
VSN: Any thoughts of going to another school with a higher profile?
I have good two coaches here to help me and it’s a good situation. In the end, I’m going to end up somewhere that I’m really going happy playing basketball. A lot of kids don’t get this opportunity I have to be a part of a new program.
VSN: What schools are looking at you?
I’ve been in contact with North Carolina State, Georgetown, South Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, Maryland, North Carolina, St. John’s and UNLV.
VSN: What’s the biggest improvement you’ve made as a player from last season?
Last season, I didn’t have a jump shot. Over the summer, I work on my jumper with my old coach. It’s taken a lot of pressure off my game and allows me to score more easily.
VSN: What do you think you need to improve on moving forward?
I want to get my speed up and work on defensive assignments like ball help deny. I know high school and college are different levels of play. I want to go to college and be the best player I can be.
VSN: What it’s like being the proverbial big fish in a small pond at Coppin Academy?
I like the attention but I have to stay focused. There’s a lot of distractions in Baltimore.