The Drill: Trojans’ Karasharo Ojulu: Always a threat to catch fire
WORTHINGTON -- The Worthington High School boys basketball season has resembled a roller coaster ride, of sorts, thus far in the 2018-19 campaign. But one thing’s for sure -- it’s exciting. And hard to predict.
Usually, though, you’re going to get an aggressive offensive effort from 6-0 senior guard Karasharo Ojulu, who opened the season like gangbusters and continues to be a threat to score big every time he takes the floor.
Ojulu impressed local fans last year as he caught fire, at times, from long range. He picked up right where he left off as his senior season began.
In Worthington’s season opener on the road at Windom Area, the Trojans’ sharpshooter tallied a school-record 45 points in a 111-51 victory over the Eagles. In his very next game, he scored 30 more points in an 82-60 win over New Ulm. And in the game after that, at Worthington’s home opener, he poured in 33 more points in a 79-47 win over Luverne.
Looking back, Ojulu said he wasn’t looking to do anything unusual in the Windom Area game. It wasn’t until a little bit before halftime when he realized he was on pace put himself in the record book.
“When I stepped out onto the court, I actually did not know what was going to happen,” he said. “But I knew that the team was very hungry, and we were willing to go out and execute. And that’s what we did, and I just happened to break the school record.”
Since then, the team has been a bit more inconsistent. But Ojulu keeps putting ‘em up, and good things always happen when he catches fire.
Ojulu, who also plays football at WHS, hopes to earn a scholarship for basketball. That would give some lucky college team a shooter who can drive through small openings for layups or drain it from well beyond the 3-point arc.
The Globe recently followed Karasharo for The Drill and learned a little bit more about what sets him apart. You can go online at www.dglobe.com to see the video. Here’s a sampling of the interview:
QUESTION: Since starting the season so hot, the Trojans have fallen back to earth and taken a few lumps from high-profile opponents. What are you learning from the losses?
ANSWER: “We’re capable of beating big teams, but we still have a lot to work on to be able to do that.”
QUESTION: How much have you improved as a player from last season to this season? And in what areas are you a better player?
ANSWER: “Comparing myself to last year, I think I’ve gotten a lot better. I’ve improved in shooting, driving to the basket and creating space to get my shot up.”
QUESTION: What is the most valuable advice you’ve received as a basketball player?
ANSWER: “The best advice I’ve gotten as a basketball player is to not worry too much about the game, just let it come to you and have fun.”