GET TO KNOW 2017 NBA DRAFT PROSPECTS- Semi Ojeleye


Age: 22
Position: SF/PF
College: SMU, Junior

Measurables
Height w/o Shoes: 6’5 ¼”
Height w/ Shoes: 6’6 ¾”
Weight: 241
Wingspan: 6’9 ¾”
Standing Reach: 8’6”
Max Vertical: 40.5”
(Via Draft Express)

College Statistics (2016/2017)
MPG: 34.1
PPG: 19.0
RPG: 6.9
ASTPG: 1.5
BLKPG: 0.4
FT%: 78.5%
2-PT FG%: 52.9%
3-PT FG%: 42.4%

2017 Big Board Ranking
Kevin O’Connor: 23
Chad Ford: 35
Draft Express: 28
Sports Illustrated: 36
CBS Sports: 35

Best-Case Scenario: Jae Crowder, Stanley Johnson, Jonathon Simmons

3 Things to Know
1. Strong frame with defensive potential
2. Shown potential offensive versatility with decent range
3. Needs to improve awareness and decision making

Strengths
Good bounce off of 2 feet
Big powerful frame
Can absorb contact around the rim
Stays down and holds strong like a wall on defense
Comfortable with switch in pick and roll
Spaces the floor
Compact shooting stroke
Uses jabs effectively and can attack closeouts
Very effective pick and pop game
Good rip through and drive
Effective jumper allows him to use fakes

Weaknesses
Limited range off of the bounce
Struggles to finish. Like to gather off of 2 feet
Could benefit from developing a floater
Needs to improve feel and court awareness
Needs to get a quicker release on shot
Reckless when driving at times
Struggles versus size in the post
Needs to improve rebounding awareness
Could benefit from improving defensive intensity

Summary
Semi Ojeleye’s journey to the NBA is almost complete. He initially signed with Duke University in the class of 2013, but after two years decided to transfer to Southern Methodist University. Ojeleye has a big powerful frame, which he can use on both the offensive and defensive sides of the ball. He showed some offensive versatility this past season by using his jab step to attack closeouts and absorb contact at the rim while also demonstrating his ability to be a threat out of the pick and pop game. On defense, his strong frame allows him to play like a wall in the post and hold his ground using excellent fundamentals by not fouling. Ojeleye will need to improve some aspects of his offensive game like finding a quicker shooting release and developing a floater in the lane. He would also benefit from improving his court awareness and feel on offense as well as his feel for rebounding. Ojeleye has the potential to be a good NBA player, so look for him to be selected anywhere in the late 1st round to the early part of the 2nd round.

Draft reports compiled by Garrett Furubayashi and Leif Thulin

GET TO KNOW 2017 NBA DRAFT PROSPECTS- DJ Wilson


Age: 21
Position: PF
College: Michigan, Sophomore

Measurables
Height w/o Shoes: 6’8 ¾”
Height w/ Shoes: 6’10 ½”
Weight: 234
Wingspan: 7’3”
Standing Reach: 9’1 ½”
Max Vertical: N/A
(Via Draft Express)

College Statistics (2016/2017)
MPG: 30.4
PPG: 11.0
RPG: 5.3
ASTPG: 1.3
BLKPG: 1.5
FT%: 83.3%
2-PT FG%: 63.1%
3-PT FG%: 37.3%

2017 Big Board Ranking
Kevin O’Connor: 21
Chad Ford: 28
Draft Express: 29
Sports Illustrated: 21
CBS Sports: 57

Best-Case Scenario: Tayshaun Prince, Lamar Odom, Perry Jones III

3 Things to Know
1. Light on his feet with a maturing frame
2. Needs to get stronger and more physical
3. Needs to improve defensive instincts and recognition

Strengths
Fluid runner in transition
Light on his feet
Quick trigger and simple shooting mechanics
Great pick and pop threat
Can shoot on the move
Uses his body and footwork well to get pull-ups
Shown good touch on floaters and jump-hooks
Ability to turn and use either shoulder on the block
Uses wingspan for good closeouts
Great asset in switching situations. Get’s low and slides his feet
Still maturing into his frame. Starting to play some 5

Weaknesses
Plays with finesse over finishing hard
Avoids contact and needs to get more physical
Lives off of fade-aways
Doesn’t take advance of switches
Needs to get to the line more
Needs to get stronger with the ball in traffic
Struggles versus more traditional bigs
Needs to add strength to his nice frame
Could improve defensive instincts and recognition
Bites on fakes
Loses focus and sight of the ball on defense at times
Needs to box out and find a body

Summary
DJ Wilson created headlines by staying in this year’s draft by citing that one team had promised him he’d be a first-round selection if available. Whether the rumors are true or not, the sophomore out of Michigan has a lot of tools and upside to make any team excited. He’s a very fluid athlete that is light on his feet and has the ability to find ways to get pull-ups off or use a nice soft touch in the post on jump hooks. Wilson grew up as a wing but his body has starting maturing into a nice frame for a 4, so he has the ability and quickness to defend guards on switches. Wilson will need to improve his strength and physicality at the next level in order to become a successful NBA player. He tends to live off of fadeaways and tries to avoid contact when going to the rim. Heavy ball pressure also causes him to cough the ball up at times. On defense, he needs to improve his instincts and recognition as too many times he turned his head and lost the ball or he was out of position. Wilson’s maturing body and game offer a lot of potential for the team that chooses him in tonight’s draft. Look for Wilson to be selected towards the end of the 1st round.

Draft reports compiled by Garrett Furubayashi and Leif Thulin

GET TO KNOW 2017 NBA DRAFT PROSPECTS – Jordan Bell


Age: 22
Position: PF
College: Oregon, Junior

Measurables
Height w/o Shoes: 6’7”
Height w/ Shoes: 6’8 ½”
Weight: 224
Wingspan: 6’11 ¾”
Standing Reach: 8’8 ½”
Max Vertical: 38”
(Via Draft Express)

College Statistics (2016/2017)
MPG: 29.1
PPG: 11.0
RPG: 8.7
ASTPG: 1.8
BLKPG: 2.3
FT%: 69.4%
2-PT FG%: 66.1%
3-PT FG%: 15.4%

2017 Big Board Ranking
Kevin O’Connor: 30
Chad Ford: 31
Draft Express: 32
Sports Illustrated: 37
CBS Sports: 25

Best-Case Scenario: Udonis Haslem, Darrell Arthur

3 Things to Know
1. Excellent defensive and rebounding potential
2. Needs to improve versatility on offense
3. Needs to work on using fundamentals over pure athleticism

Strengths
Runs the floor well
Good coordination and can finish on the move
Excellent energy and pursuit
Good diver out of the pick and roll
Great defensive awareness on help side defense
Bounce and athleticism allow him to recover when beat
Works hard to deny post entries
Can read ball handlers and passing lanes well
Ability to contain ball handlers out of the pick and roll
Makes multiple efforts on the offensive glass
Aggressive and not afraid of contact in a crowd

Weaknesses
Needs to work on moves with back to the basket on offense
Still developing touch in the post
Needs to improve jump shot
Inconsistent shooting mechanics and slow release
Struggles with traditionally sized bigs on the block
Limited reach makes it hard to contest some shots
Struggles to rebound against size
Relies too much on athleticism when rebounding (Needs to find a body)
Shot blocking nature moves him out of position when rebounding

Summary
Jordan Bell offers a lot of potential and intrigue for teams in tonight’s NBA Draft. Bell’s excellent 2016/2017 campaign, which saw him win the 2017 Pac 12 Defensive Player of the year, helped him come to the conclusion of skipping his senior season at Oregon. Bell has crazy athleticism which allows him to run the floor well and be a nice lob target. His athleticism really comes into play on the defensive side of the ball as he can recover when he’s beat or use his good lateral quickness to contain guards on switches. He also brings a ton of energy to his game, which allows him to make multiple efforts when rebounding or working hard to deny post entries on the block. Bell will need to add some offensive versatility to his game like a jump shot and touch in the post in order to be a threat in the NBA. On the glass, Bell needs to work on the fundamentals of rebounding like always trying to body up and finding a man rather than solely relying on his athleticism. His habit of not boxing out was seen during the end of the Final Four game this season where UNC got the game-winning rebound off of a free throw. Bell has a ton of potential to become a defensive menace in the NBA for whatever team chooses him. Look for Bell to be selected towards the end of the 1st round or the beginning of the 2nd.

Draft reports compiled by Garrett Furubayashi and Leif Thulin