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SMU Player Profile: Ben Emelogu

Scott profiles SMU guard Ben Emelogu, who returns to the court after sitting out last year due to injury.

Position: Guard
Size: 6-6, 205 pounds
Year: Junior
High School: South Grand Prairie HS
Hometown: Grand Prairie, TX

Recruitment

After leading his South Grand Prairie team to the state championship game, Ben Emelogu decided to leave home out of high school.  The Scout two-star prospect held offers from the likes of Marquette, TCU and Washington before choosing Virginia Tech.  After becoming a team captain as a freshman, he decided to transfer from the Hokies program and return home to the Lone Star state.  

2015-2016 Recap

Emelogu did not play at all last year after injuring his knee before the beginning of the season.  After redshirting, Emelogu still has two season of eligibility.  He will try to bounce back from his sophomore slump as a Mustang when he averaged just 2.8 points and 1.8 rebounds in 34 games.  He will also try to regain his shot, which struggled considerably after transferring to SMU.  As a freshman at Virginia Tech, Emelogu averages just over 10 points and shot just under 40 percent for the season.

Grade: N/A

2016-2017 Outlook

As long as he can stay healthy, Emelogu should provide some nice depth and leadership for the guard position this year.  With young guards Jarrey Foster, Dashawn McDowell and Tom Wilson all expected to see some playing time this season, Emelogu, now in his third year on the Hilltop, should be able to help those guys grow.  Before getting hurt, a lot had been said about Emelogu’s shot, and the progress he made over the summer.  At 6-foot-6, he should also provide some defensive help at either the two or three spot coming off the bench.  Even though he is an upperclassman, Emelogu won’t be expected to be a major contributor this year with guys like Shake Milton and Jarrey Foster to improve off their freshmen campaigns.  If Emelogu can find his stroke, he could be a nice spark for the offensive for 15 minutes.  With how fragile he has been, don’t expect Emelogu to see significant playing time unless there are injuries.


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