Jesusemilore ‘Semi’ Ojeleye is starting the season on an electrifying note, leading the SMU Mustangs to two straight wins and earning the American Athletic Conference Player of the Week Honors in the process.
After a tumultuous ride in Duke, where he managed a total 164 minutes in 25 games, Ojeleye is fast-proving he made a good decision in transferring to Southern Methodist University from Duke.
The last time Ojeleye played college basketball was in December 2014 for the Duke Blue Devils. He left Duke for SMU in quest for more playing time. Shortly after his arrival at SMU, the Mustangs were ruled ineligible for the postseason after the NCAA discovered academic impropriety with the school.
Now that the 6’8 forward is suiting up for the Mustangs, he is reminding fans about his sterling high school career, which saw him set a career scoring record in the state of Kansas, while leading Ottawa High School to four state title game appearances. As a senior in Ottawa High, Ojeleye averaged 38.1 points per game on the court and maintained a 4.0 GPA in the classroom.
Ojeleye scored 26 points and grabbed 14 rebounds in a dominant season opener against Gardner Webb last Friday 11 November 2016. Mustangs won the game 72-44. In his second game, which was played on Sunday 13 November, Ojeleye scored 18 points and corralled eight rebounds as the Mustangs handed Eastern Michigan a blowout 91-64 defeat.
SMU Mustangs will play their third game of the season against the Pittsburgh Panthers at the Madison Square Garden on Thursday 17 November.