Semi Ojeleye (PF/SF, SMU)

 

Measurables: 6’7”, 6’10” wingspan, 241 lbs, 22.4 years old

Strengths

  • Solid numbers at all 3 levels – 63% at rim, 41% on 2 point outside rim, 42% from 3
  • Uses strength and explosiveness to get to line and convert – 7.3 FTA/40, 78.5% FT
  • Arguably has the strongest frame in the draft – absolutely chiseled NBA body
  • Very smart kid, great intangibles as a hard worker
  • Explosive leaper in transition, can get up and get lobs
  • Frame allows him to power his way to the rim and finish through contact
  • Big time putback threat – 8.2 ORB%
  • Uses strength on D against PFs – plays strong and hard
  • Great lateral quickness – easily has switchability playing 4 or simply ability to defend 3s
  • Great defensive fundamentals, arms up, great footwork
  • 2nd in the NCAA in win shares at 7.7 – great value stats – .257 WS/40 ranked 5th in NCAA
  • Smart, doesn’t make mistakes – 8.6 TOV%
  • Nice, compact 3 point stroke that gets ball out quickly
  • Attacks closeouts – nice jab moves, able to finish
  • Phenomenal pick and pop player – great footwork, shooting ability
  • Able to attack closeouts off pick and pop with pullups or drives
  • Very good ISO scorer thanks to size, shooting threat, footwork
  • Jumper threat sets up off-dribble game, can bully his way to rim
  • Solid post threat – uses size/jumper combo to beat guys

Weaknesses

  • Has below-average height and reach for full-time 4 – likely will have to swing between 3 and small-4
  • Lacks ability to create much for others – 9.3 AST%
  • Already 22 years old
  • Doesn’t have much nuance to off-dribble game – mostly bully ball
  • Low block/steal %s – 0.8 STL%, 1.6 BLK% – bad sign of D activity
  • Has tools but lacks productivity on boards – 11.8 TRB%
  • Doesn’t create a ton of space off the dribble
  • Not much finesse near rim – mostly relies on power finishes – could add finesse finishes to be more successful in lane
  • Sometimes takes shots outside flow of offense
  • Doesn’t have great vision – drive and kick needs improvement
  • Needs to add arc to 3 point shot to succeed at NBA range
  • Post game neutralized by larger/longer defenders
  • Struggled on D against larger PFs who can shoot over him
  • Not much of a rim protector – better perimeter defender
  • Defensive awareness/IQ needs work – 0.2 DBPM

Overall

  • Ojeleye is a refined, versatile scorer on the offensive end who really succeeded last year at SMU. While his bully ball off-dribble game will need refinement at the NBA level – particularly around the rim – he projects as an offensive weapon at the 3 or the 4 thanks to his high IQ, strength, shooting ability, and explosiveness. Defensively he’s a mixed bag, with elite strength and lateral quickness but average height and length. He’ll probably never be much more than an average defender considering that he will struggle against faster 3s and longer 4s. Still, combo forwards who can score and play average defense are very valuable players, and Semi can be a ridiculously good player if he adds playmaking and finesse on offense as well as better IQ and effort on defense.

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