The reigning American Conference Player of the Year is putting his name in the 2017 NBA Draft.
PonyStampede has confirmed that SMU redshirt junior forward Semi Ojeleye will enter the NBA draft. The news was first reported by Adam Zagoria of Zagsblog. Ojeleye will not hire an agent, meaning he can return to school if he wishes. The deadline for early entrants to return and preserve college eligibility is May 24. The NBA Draft Combine is May 9-14.
Last season, 57 of 117 college early entrants decided to return to school.
The 6-foot-7, 235-pound Ojeleye averaged 19.0 points, 6.9 rebounds and 1.5 assists in 35 games at SMU last season. He shot 48.7 percent from the field and 42.4 percent on 3-pointers. He was named a first-team all-conference selection and the AAC Tournament's Most Outstanding Player. Ojeleye, a former five-star recruit, started his career at Duke. He averaged 2.3 points in 7.6 minutes per per game in his one-and-a-half seasons at Duke.
Ojeleye, 22, is on track to graduate from SMU in May.
DraftExpress' March 23 mock draft has him projected as the No. 28 overall pick.