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