Celtics Draft SMU Forward Semi Ojeleye With 37th Pick

SMU's Semi Ojeleye goes to Boston Celtics in second round of NBA draft
Celtics Draft SMU Forward Semi Ojeleye With 37th Pick
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24 June, 2017

Semi Ojeleye was selected in the second round of the NBA Draft on Thursday night by the Boston Celtics. Ojeleye transferred just before the Blue Devils won the 2015 national championship. He then volunteered to take a redshirt after SMU was hit with a postseason ban past year. The 6-foot-7 forward averaged 19 points off 49 percent shooting and 6.9 rebounds as a junior for the Mustangs, earning AAC Player of the Year honors.

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The Boston Celtics took Ojeleye with the 37th pick. Many mock drafts foresaw him getting drafted towards the end of the first round. He averaged 6.2 minutes per game at Duke during his two seasons.

"He did an very bad lot for our city and for SMU and our program", Jankovich said. How can you not pull for a guy who was highly recruited out of high school, has no success at Duke?

Brown was picked 46th by the Philadelphia 76ers, but the Milwaukee Bucks are finalizing a trade for him. A lot of guys would be crushed. He goes from oblivion into a draft choice.

While known for his defensive prowess, the 22-year-old Ojeleye can also chime in with some spot-up shots, and is a strong finisher around the rim. Reports say that forward Ben Moore signed a partially guaranteed contract with the Indiana Pacers, after going undrafted. No SMU player has played in the National Basketball Association since Quinton Ross in 2011.


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