Semi Ojeleye (Photo by Matt Visinsky)

SMU forward Semi Ojeleye to sign with an agent, remain in NBA draft

SMU forward Semi Ojeleye will sign with an agent and remain in the 2017 NBA draft.

SMU's leading scorer from 2016-17 is forgoing his final year of college eligibility.

Redshirt junior forward Semi Ojeleye plans to sign with an agent and remain in the 2017 NBA Draft, according to a report from Scout's Evan Daniels.

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Ojeleye declared for the NBA Draft without an agent in March. He earned an invitation to the NBA Combine, which started Wednesday and runs until May 14. He was named the American Athletic Conference player of the year in 2016-17, his lone season eligible for SMU. He averaged 19.0 points, 6.9 rebounds and 1.5 assists in 34.1 minutes per game. He started each of SMU's 35 games. He shot 48.7 percent from the field and 42.4 percent on 3-pointers.

The Ottawa, Kan. native was originally a five-star recruit in the class of 2013. He signed with Duke, where he played 23 games before leaving halfway through the 2014-15 season. http://www.scout.com/college/southern-methodist/story/1776176-2020-smu-l...

At the combine, he measured 6'5.25" without shoes and 6'6.75" with shoes and weighed in at 241 pounds. He had an 8'6" standing reach and a 6'9.75" wingspan. In a five-on-five scrimmage Wednesday, he scored 12 points on 4-for-11 shooting (2-4 on 3s) with four rebounds, three assists and two steals.

DraftExpress' most recent mock draft had him projected as the No. 31 overall pick.

ESPN analyst Fran Fraschilla offered an outlook for Ojeleye's pro prospects that compares to one NBA All-Star.

"What he has to show is that he can be a version of Draymond Green," Fraschilla said before the combine. "Not that he'll ever be an All-Star, but with his toughness and ability, he needs to have a team say you could be a guy who could guard smaller power forward and do those sorts of things."


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