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Former SMU forwards Ben Moore, Semi Ojeleye work out with Indiana Pacers

Former SMU forwards Semi Ojeleye and Ben Moore were two of the participants in the Indiana Pacers Wednesday pre-draft workout.

Two former SMU basketball players worked out with the Indiana Pacers on Wednesday.

Forwards Ben Moore and Semi Ojeleye were two of six prospects invited to Wednesday's pre-draft workout in Indianapolis. It was each player's first pre-draft workout. The other four players to participate were forward Dillon Brooks (Oregon), forward Michael Young (Pittsburgh), guard Sindarius Thornwell (South Carolina) and guard Dwayne Bacon (Florida State). All have either signed with an agent, stated they will sign or exhausted their eligibility.

The 6'8" Moore averaged 11.4 points, 7.8 rebounds and 2.4 assists in 35 games as a senior in 2016-17. He earned second-team all-American Athletic Conference honors.

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"I want to show a lot of energy," Moore said Wednesday. "I want to show I can be a hustle guy, offensive rebound, play defense, things of that nature."

Moore also said he was working on a 3-point shot during Wednesday's workout. He made one 3-pointer (on five attempts) in his four years at SMU.

Ojeleye was named the AAC Player of the Year after averaging 19.0 points and 6.9 rebounds per game in his only season eligible at SMU. A redshirt junior last season, Ojeleye recently announced his intent to stay in the 2017 NBA Draft and sign with an agent. He participated in the NBA Draft combine in Chicago last week.

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"You have to learn how to deal with stress," Ojeleye said of the combine. "All the interviews, meeting all the people, the environment, it's high intensity."

At the combine, the former five-star recruit measured 6'5.25" without shoes, 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 two five-on-five scrimmages at the combine, Ojeleye totaled, 48 minutes, 22 points (7-for-18 FG, 3-for-8 3FG), five rebounds, six assists and six steals.

DraftExpress' May 16 mock has Ojeleye as the No. 38 overall selection. Moore does not appear in it. Former SMU guard Sterling Brown is pegged as the No. 60 and final selection in the draft. The Ringer's NBA Draft guide ranks Ojeleye as the No. 36 overall player and Brown No. 40. Moore is not ranked in The Ringer's top 60 prospects.

Brown was one of six players who worked out with the Milwaukee Bucks on Tuesday. Guard Hamidou Diallo (Kentucky), guard L.J. Peak (Georgetown), Nigel Hayes (Wisconsin), forward Jalen Moore (Utah State) and forward Deng Adel (Louisville) joined him. Adel and Diallo have still not decided if they will stay in the draft or return to school. Diallo enrolled at Kentucky in January and has not played at game for the Wildcats.

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Brown, 6'6", was a second-team All-AAC selection as a senior in 2016-17. He averaged 13.4 points and 6.5 rebounds in 35 games while shooting 46 percent from the floor and 45 percent from 3-point range. 

Moore and Brown participated in April's Portsmouth Invitational Tournament, an event for college basketball seniors only. They were two of the 64 seniors invited.


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