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Semi Ojeleye

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Name: Semi Ojeleye

School: SMU

Season: Junior

ESPN High School Ranking: 40 (2013)

Birthdate: December 5, 1994 (22)

Birthplace: Ottawa, Kansas


- Parents Ernest and Joy Ojeleye

- Ernest is a doctor and Joy is a nurse

- Ernest is initially from Nigeria but moved to the U.S. for residency at the University of Kansas medical center

- Older brother Victor played basketball for Kansas State from 2008-2011

High School: Ottawa High School


- Set Kansas High School career and senior year scoring records

- 2013 Parade Magazine National Player of the Year

- 2013 Kansas Gatorade Player of the Year

- Won Kansas 4A State Championship while scoring 38.1 PPG as a Senior

- Was a 2016 NABC Good Works Team nominee -  the award highlights student-athletes who have shown dedication to community service and altruism in their communities

Twitter: SemiOjeleye

Height: 6'7

Weight: 235

Interviews, Personality, Psychology, Experience: 

- Redshirted 2015-16 season after transferring from Duke to SMU

- Coach Jankovich said he is either in class or in the gym - said he's never seen anyone work as hard as Ojeleye

- Real name is Jesusemilore Talodabijesu Ojeleye

- Maintained a 4.0 GPA throughout High School

- National Honor Society Member - more than just honor roll. It is given to recognize students who have demonstrated excellence in the areas of scholarship, leadership, service, and character

- Played with same AAU program as Shake Milton - Mokan Elite

- Devout Christian - consistently quotes the bible in his tweets

Freshman Season Stats: 

- 1.6 PPG

- 0.9 RPG

- 50% FG

- 57% 3

- 91% FT

- 4.7 MPG

Sophomore Season Stats: 

- 3 PPG

- 2.3 RPG

- 0.5 SPG

- 28% FG

- 25% 3

- 57% FT

- 10.5 MPG 

Junior Season Stats: Through 22 games

- 17.7 PPG

- 7 RPG

- 1.5 APG

- 0.5 BPG

- 49% FG

- 43% 3

- 75% FT


- 7th in win shares in the NCAA

- 17th in offensive win shares in the NCAA

- Has a very high offensive rating of 127.6 points per 100 possessions

- 1st in win shares in the AAC in 2016-17

- 2nd in free throws made and win shares per 40 minutes in the AAC in 2016-17

- 3rd in free throw attempts, points per game, effective field goal percentage, points produced, and offensive box plus/minus in the AAC in 2016-17

Position: Stretch PF

Greatest Strength: Shooting, athleticism, and versatility

Greatest Weakness: Height

Athleticism: 8

Aggression: 7

Speed: 7

Strength: 8

Lateral Movement: 7

Basketball IQ: 7

Switchability: 8

3 point shooting: 7

Jumpshot: 7

Ability to finish at the rim: 7

Post moves: 7

Handle: 6

Passing: 5

Rebounding: 7

Motor: 8

Touch: 7

Hands: 7

On ball defense: 7

Help defense: 6

Steals: 5

Blocks: 5

Abilities and Areas of Improvement:

- Strong attacking the basket

- Versatile defender - can guard on the perimeter or in the post

- Good stretch 4 potential because he is a good 3 point shooter

Game Analysis: 

- vs. Stanford

- #22 Reid Travis

- Slips ball screen, beats Travis to the hoop, hits reverse layin

- Catch and shoot left corner 3 - hits

- Ojeleye misses straightaway 3

- Catch and shoot straightaway 3 - miss

- Catches alley oop off downscreen for a dunk

- Catch and shoot left 45 3 - miss

- Catch and shoot 3 right 45 - hits

NBA Comparison: Marvin Williams/Derrick Willams

Current Ability: 6.5

Projection as an NBA Player: 7

Projected Draft Spot: 2nd Round

Opinion: Ojeleye is an intriguing prospect as a stretch PF. He has a really strong body and good leaping ability, which allows him to rebound well. Ojeleye is a great athlete with a very versatile game capable of guarding a number of positions. He could take advantage as a stretch PF taking players off the bounce or spotting up from 3. For that reason, I think Ojeleye is a valuable 2nd round pick and can become a solid rotation backup in the NBA. This is really the first year he has gotten minutes in college and he is making the most of them. I think there is still lots of room for him to develop despite this being his 4th year of school.