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SMU Hoops Player Profile: F Semi Ojeleye

Billy profiles SMU forward Semi Ojeleye in the latest Pony Stampede hoops player profile.

Position: Forward
Size: 6-8, 230
Year: Junior
Hometown: Ottawa, KS
High School: Ottawa High School
Recruitment: Semi Ojeleye was a consensus five-star prospect while setting Kansas high school career (2,763) and senior-year (952) scoring records as a four-year starter in high school. Ojeleye did all that while maintaining a 4.0 and being a member of the National Honor Society. Ultimately, Scout's No. 26 ranked player in 2013 picked Duke over Indiana, Oregon and Stanford.

Pre-SMU Transfer

After announcing he was going to transfer from Duke, Ojeleye picked SMU over Illinois, Washington, Creighton, Oregon and Wisconsin. Ojeleye got into a logjam for minutes behind Amile Jefferson and Justice Winslow and decided he needed to move on. It wasn't for lack of trying. Ojeleye won the Duke offseason strength and conditioning program his two summers there and I'd bet he did pretty well at SMU's too. On the floor for Duke, he averaged three points and 2.3 rebounds in eight games. Ojeleye just lost out to two pretty solid players for Duke for minutes and decided to transfer from there.

2015-16 Outlook

Ojeleye has to sit out the first semester so he won't be available until mid-December, but once he joins SMU's team on the floor, except him to receive major minutes. I will stop short of saying he will start, but all indications say that Larry Brown likes Ojeleye's size at the small forward position, which would give SMU great length on the floor. Part of the reason why Ojeleye picked SMU was because he could learn from Larry Brown. During his time sitting out, Ojeleye has had time to adjust to campus life, learn more about basketball, and bond with the team. Those will help him inject immediate life into this team when he becomes eligible. He's an incredible athlete and Brown and his staff really value that in players. If he's able to return to game speed quickly, Ojeleye will earn immediate minutes.

The only thing holding Ojeleye back from really performing this year is the play of the likes of Sterling Brown, Jarrey Foster, Ben Moore, Jordan Tolbert and Markus Kennedy, who will have every opportunity to show what they can bring in the first half of the season. The problem Brown will have is coming off his suspension and Ojeleye becoming eligible, how do you manage that type of a scenario. It's not like Brown has been around the team while he was away so he'll need to get a feel for how Ojeleye would fit and he'll need his assistants to give him the lowdown on what should keep this team going if they're on a winning role. The last thing anything would want is to hurt the team by inserting a new player into the starting lineup. Ojeleye has the talent to contribute, but the question is how quickly will he?

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