Ben Emelogu Player Profile
Size: 6-6, 205
High School: Emelogu attended South Grand Prairie HS (Tex.) where he helped his team to the state championship game and was named VYPE Player of the year. Emelogu was also named to the All-State Tournament team and broke the scoring record in the Texas Hall of Fame All Star Game with 38 points.
Hometown: Grand Prairie, Tex.
Recruitment: Emelogu transferred to SMU before the 2014-2015 season but before that selected Virginia Tech over offers from Marquette, Washington and TCU.
After a successful freshman season at Virginia Tech, there were high hopes heading into last season for SMU newcomer Ben Emelogu. Things did not go according to plan however, as the 6-6, 205 guard struggled to fit in Larry Brown’s system and frequently looked lost out on the court. Known as a streaky shooter coming into SMU, Emelogu struggled to find any sort of a rhythm on the outside. Emelogu started four games for SMU early in the season and played in 34 games overall but only averaged 2.8 points and 1.8 rebounds per game. There was some thought Emelogu might be finding his stride after a perfect 3-3 from outside the arc performance against UCF in early January but his shot total hovered around 2-3 shots per game after that as he continued to lose confidence each game. The year started on a high note for Emelogu when he received clearance from the NCAA to play right away but after that it was a struggle just about every game last season.
Larry Brown’s system is not an easy one to learn and it often takes players a year to fully grasp what coach Brown wants as we saw with Keith Frazier. With that said, Emelogu should return closer to the level he was playing at his freshman season at Virginia Tech. SMU doesn’t need the big guard to be a star, especially given the depth in the backcourt, but rather someone who can come in for 10-15 minutes a game and knock down a couple of shots. Being aggressive and getting to the basket will be a must for Emelogu last season after looking tentative most of last year. When Emelogu was aggressive, it was also conveniently when he looked at his best last year. There is still plenty of time for Emelogu to make an impact on this program and look for that to start this year with some productive minutes off the bench and a return to better form for the Texas native.