Player Profile: Ben Emelogu

Hatts profiles SMU guard Ben Emelogu, who was granted eligibility after requesting a waiver to play immediately and is expected to play a big role in SMU's season.

Ben Emelogu Player Profile
Position: Guard
Size: 6-5, 205 pounds
Year: Sophomore
Prep: Emelogu was a three year letter winner at South Grand Prairie. Was ranked as a two star recruit by Emelogu helped Grand Prairie play in the state championship game and was named to the All-State Tournament Team. Emelogu also was the VYPE player of the year and broke the Texas All-Star Game record with 38 points. Emelogu was also a member of the Dallas Mustangs
Hometown: Grand Prairie, TX
Recruitment: Emelogu chose Virginia Tech in January of 2014 over offers from Marquette, Washington and TCU before transferring to SMU this summer.

2013-2014 Recap

Ben Emelogu had a good season in the games that he played last year for the Virginia Tech Hokies. The problem for Emelogu was that he wasn’t able to stay on the court enough as he only played in 22 of 32 games due to concussion symptoms and on two occasions with an ankle injury. Despite the injuries, Emelogu did start in 12 games as a freshman, as well, an impressive feat coming out of high school. The freshman put up some big numbers, when he played, including 22 points, 6 rebounds and 3 blocks at West Virginia and 21 points at Florida State.

Emelogu showed he could be a consistent scorer at Virginia Tech where he averaged 10.5 points per game and had 9 double-digit games. Emelogu also showed he can provide solid rebounding out of the guard position with multiple games of 5 and 6 rebounds in a game. Emelogu came in with the reputation of being a terrific shooter and showed flashes of this as well. The freshman guard was streaky however as he did go 4-5 against Seton Hall and 4-7 against VMI from three. Emelogu did have some rough nights as well though with a 2-8 performance against Syracuse and 2-7 against Pittsburgh. Although Emelogu experienced success as a freshman, he admitted after he was cleared to play for SMU that he never quite adjusted to Virginia Tech and was just trying to stick it out for the year.

Grade: B

Outlook in 2014

Emelogu has been a good addition for SMU and should play a lot for SMU this year, especially spelling Nic Moore. Emelogu will have the advantage of being able to focus more on basketball this year in a much better environment. The sophomore will also not have to do too much, scoring wise, but is a good candidate to come on late in the year, as he gets more and more comfortable playing for the Mustangs. Look for Emelogu to provide very solid defense for this team and an athletic big guard in the backcourt that can handle the ball well. The one issue Emelogu needs to get better at this season is turnovers, something he struggled with last year but got better as the year went along. Emelogu has been very good in practice so far and seems to be adjusting well in practice both offensively and defensively.

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