Semi Ojeleye-SF-SMU
Size: 6’7 235lbs

Semi Ojeleye

Strengths:

  • Physical and powerful
  • Decent handle
  • Range
  • Work ethic
  • Decent shooting stroke

Analysis: At 6’7 235lbs, Semi Ojeleye is a strong, powerful presence on the basketball court. He can handle the ball in the open court and make shots from the perimeter both spotting up or on the move. He is also a solid shot creator in the half-court, and he gets to the free throw line frequently by using his combination of strength and mobility. Ojeleye may be a valued later pick in this draft, as an explosive combo forward that can stretch the floor, create his own shot and be a factor defensively. He has become an excellent stretch four-type player at SMU, something he did not have many opportunities to exhibit during the early stages of his career at Duke. He shot 42% from the arc this season while attempting almost five three-pointers per game. Ojeleye’s work ethic is top-notch, as he has added multiple dimensions to his game since his time at Duke. He played mostly as a four man in SMU’s offense, so there will be few questions about where to play him in the NBA . Ojeleye can also shoot off the dribble if chased off the three-point line, as he has an effective pull-up jumper off of one or two dribbles. He is mobile enough to attack opposing fours off the dribble with his lethal combination of power and quickness. Ojeleye averaged 23.5 points per 40 minutes, while shooting 50% from two and 42% from three, showing his ability to play within himself and be efficient. He is not elite on the defensive glass yet, but he does a great job of using his strength to box his man out and carve out space. His most likely role in the NBA will be mostly as a mismatch small ball four-man, who can play on the wing occasionally.

Weaknesses:

  • Undersized for PF
  • Length
  • Not an elite rebounder
  • Lacks off-hand (left)
  • Didn’t play elite competition at SMU

Analysis: Despite Ojeleye  haveing a powerful, well-developed frame—that can only do so much when you are 6’7 in the NBA. If he plays the PF position he will be undersized and lacks elite length (6’10 wingspan). Defensive fit will be a big question mark going forward as he’s not quite big enough to match up with traditional fours, and he doesn’t have a ton of experience guarding NBA-level wings, as a result of playing in the AAC. Ojeleye can also be more productive on the defensive glass (just 5.5 d-boards per 40 minutes) … If he is going to play the four for long stretches in the NBA, he will need to add some improvement here. Ojeleye’s lack of elite size and average standstill leaping will hurt him as an interior scorer in the NBA, and his overall perimeter skill set could use some polish if he wants to play more minutes on the perimeter. Ojeleye is not nearly as explosive in traffic, and he is not a great ball handler for a wing player. He also does not have a great left hand, which can make it difficult to succeed in the NBA without some degree of ambidexterity. Another big question mark will be how he adjusts from the poor level of competition of the American conference this season to the NBA. He did little to squander these questions when SMU had big NCAA tournament expectations, but were bounced early by USC, a team with great size, length, and athleticism.

NBA Comparison: Otto Porter

Draft Projection: Late 1st, early 2nd

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