Division I transfer, Leke Solanke, will finish out his last two year with Olivet starting in 2014
Solanke played in 52 games with Stetson from 2012-2014
BOURBONNAIS, Illinois — The Olivet Nazarene University men's basketball team and
Head Coach Ralph Hodge have signed
their newest member to the 2014-15 recruiting class. Tiger basketball welcomes an
athletic, versatile presence in Leke
Solanke, a 6’6” forward from Abeokuta, Nigeria. He is transferring from
NCAA Division I, Stetson University (Florida) after two years with the Hatters. Solanke played for Michigan City Marquette (Indiana)
during his prep career.
During his career with Stetson in the Atlantic
Sun Conference, he played in 52 games. He shot 52.2 percent from the field
and 57 percent from the free-throw line. He shot 70 percent from the field his
freshman season and finished with 14 blocks between both seasons, nine in his
sophomore campaign (third on the team). Solanke competed against the likes of University
of Miami (Florida), Clemson University (South Carolina), and University of Notre Dame (Indiana.)
during his time with Stetson.
During his senior season at Michigan City Marquette, he
averaged seven points and six rebounds, earning North West Indiana All-Star honors.
In addition to his career at Michigan City Marquette, Solanke played
with the Indiana Dawgs and Indy Species Heat as a member of the Amateur Athletic
Union (AAU). He traveled with his team throughout the Midwest.
While in high school, Solanke also played soccer, earning
team Defensive Player of the Year honors.
He attends Calvary Church in Valparaiso, Indiana. He will be a communications major while at Olivet.
Solanke joins fellow members of the 2014-15 recruiting
class: Bennet Schimmelpfennig
(Bourbonnais, Illinois); Chris Green
(Bonfield, Illinois); Mitchell
Schwarzkopf (Kankakee, Illinois); Xavier
Parker (Richton Park, Illinois); Ethan
Chitty (White Heath, Illinois); Aaron Sutton (Martinsville, Indiana); Alec Goetz (St. Charles, Illinois); Dylan
Brink (Brighton, Colorado); and Josiah
Blan (Minooka, Illinois).