David Ijadimbola’s role at Park Center (Minn.) was easy.
The point guard’s job was to facilitate and orchestrate the offense for the Pirates, who are loaded with college basketball prospects up and down the lineup.
“I just had to take care of the offense and find the weapons,” Ijadimbola said. “Weapons were everywhere. So it was really easy for me and it was fun to play with those crop of guys.”
Ijadimbola hopes to have the same role with the Dakota Wesleyan University men’s basketball team. The lefty lead guard recently committed to play basketball for the Tigers, citing their style of play for picking the team.
“They move the ball a lot,” Ijadimbola said. “They get out and run if they need to. They shoot the ball really well. We have a lot of weapons there.”
Ijadimbola picked the Tigers over offers from Mount Marty, Mayville State, Michigan-Dearborn, Jamestown and Waldorf. He was offered by DWU on a visit in late August and had planned on visiting again this spring, but the coronavirus canceled it.
He also visited Waldorf and Jamestown before the basketball season, but the DWU trip continued to stick out to him. He plans on majoring in accounting.
“I just felt so comfortable there,” Ijadimbola said. “The guys were really welcoming and so was the coaching staff. Coach (Matt) Wilber and coach (Jacob) Brandl -- when I came up there -- they made it known they really wanted me up there and we could really start something for the next four years. So that’s why I chose there.”
The 6-foot-2 Ijadimbola describes himself as an athletic point guard that sees the court well and is capable of shooting off the dribble. He played four years of varsity basketball for Park Center and started the past two years at point guard. The Pirates went 55-7 with Ijadimbola as the starting point guard.
The all-conference guard averaged 12 points, five assists and two steals per game this past season.
Ijadimbola had a host of college basketball prospects in the paint and perimeter at Park Center. Post player Dain Dainja (6-foot-9, 260 pounds) will play next year at Baylor University. Shooting guard Joshua Brown will play at Minnesota-Duluth. Seniors Detavius Frierson and John Grigsby are still mulling over their college decisions, while sophomore Braeden Carrington has early offers from Missouri and Florida.
“It was really fun playing with everyone,” Ijadimbola said. “It is just going to make me more prepared for the next level.”