“#35 @TobiOye…” Jordan’s tribute continues when he arrives at the arena. He writes the name Tobi Oyedeji on the court with his finger and speaks to his friend before every game when he says his prayer. “I feel like he would have been in the NBA somehow,” Jordan said, “so he’s on every court.” Oyedeji also remains in the hearts of those who knew the 17-year-old power forward from Jordan’s hometown of Houston. The teenager intended to follow his friend’s path to the NBA by playing at Texas A&M before it veered in tragic fashion.
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DeAndre Jordan honors his late friend and former Houston-area basketball recruit Tobi Oyedeji before every game with a simple message. Since Oyedeji was killed in a car accident in May 2010, Jordan has Tweeted “#35 @TobiOye…” sometime before tipoff of each Clippers game. On Saturday he’ll make an even grander gesture in Oyedji’s honor. Jordan, who grew up in nearby Bellaire, Texas, is hosting 35 underprivileged students at Toyota Center when the Clippers play the Rockets. “His number was 35, so I have 35 inner-city kids who are exceling in athletics and academics coming to the game tonight,” Jordan said. “It’s a thing I’m going to do for a very long time.”