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Freshmen Orientation: Semi Ojeleye

semi ojeleye

Name: Semi Ojeleye

School: Duke

Position: Small Forward

Measurements: 6-6/205

From: Ottawa, Kansas

High School: Ottawa H.S.


ESPN: 4-Star | #9 Rated SF | #25 Overall

Scout: 4-Star | #7 Rated SF | #36 Overall

Rivals: 4-Star | #8 Rated SF | #33 Overall

247Sports: 5-Star | #7 Rated SF | #23 Overall

Quick Thoughts:

Ever since Semi Ojeleye first started getting noticed on the recruiting circuit, the one word that was used over and over again is “toughness.” It certainly easier to be tough when the Kansas native heads to college with a college ready body and the attitude to match.

Athletic and blessed with a 6-10 wingspan, Ojeleye can be a deadly defender, capable of keeping an opponent out of the lane. In fact, he’s been compared to former Blue Devil Dahntay Jones, who became of one Duke’s best known defenders.

However, it is his offensive game that makes you go wow.

Willing to use his chiseled frame, Ojeleye can do some damage inside, both scoring at the rim or grabbing a rebound. He’s primarily a small forward, but can certainly play some minutes at the power forward spot.

As a shooter, I wouldn’t call him lights out, but he’s got plenty of range (20 feet) and if given some open space and he sets his feet, he can certainly nail some threes.

As a senior in high school, he averaged around 40 points per game, which is pretty stunning, but let’s not forget, where he played didn’t provide the toughest competition, so look for a nice reality check in college.

To improve, first he’ll need to develop a mid-range game since all his scoring comes either at the rim or from behind the three line.

He’ll also need to develop his ball handling. From deep, he’s a catch-and-shoot guy and inside, he relies on others to deliver the ball to him in a good spot to score. I suspect he’ll struggle to create his own shot at the next level for now.

Freshman Outlook:

Ojeleye has a ton of potential and a great future ahead of him. With his athleticism and frame, along with his ability to knockdown the outside shot right now, I can certainly see him playing in the NBA one day.

However, right now he’s playing on a crowded Duke roster. Like I said before, he’s fit for the three spot, but can also spend some time at the four, so he’ll sit behind both Rodney Hood and Jabari Parker.

On top of that, since Duke is loaded at shooting guard, I suspect the Blue Devils will go small first and foremost, so when Hood sits, you’ll see more Andre Dawkins and Matt Jones.

Inside, Marshall Plumlee, Josh Hairston and Amile Jefferson will battle for minutes at center, but both Hairston and Jefferson will also spent plenty of time at the four spot when Parker sits or slides to the three. Also, don’t forget about Alex Murphy, who has a year of experience under his belt and can also contribute at both the 3-4 spots.

This leaves little minutes for Ojeleye and as we’ve seen in the past, Coach K likes to shorten his rotation as the season goes on. Look for Ojeleye to enjoy about 10 minutes per game early in the season while Duke munches on cupcakes, but I don’t foresee a lot of playing time once ACC play begins.

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