Originally posted on isportsweb.com  |  Last updated 7/5/13
Semi Ojeleye is a 6-foot-6, 260 pounds small forward from Kansas.  Ojeleye is going to be a freshman playing at Duke this year.  He already has good size for a shooting guard and this could get him minutes as a small forward.  Ojeleye was a top one hundred recruit according to ESPN, coming in at number forty of their top one hundred. He is a scorer that is what he does best.  He averaged over 39 points per game this year for his high school team in Kansas, but was Duke’s only recruit this year that didn’t go to the McDonalds All American game.  He is long and athletic, but since he didn’t play the competition that others face, people don’t know how well he will adjust to the college game.  He doesn’t need to put on weight like most incoming freshman, but he will have to improve his speed and quickness. He has a quick first step and has range on his shot.  This should help him at the next level and make him an impact for Duke basketball for the next four years.  He is a great finisher even in traffic and will keep getting better at the next level.  He should contribute on the offensive side of the ball as soon as he walks on campus but like most incoming freshmen will have to work on his defense. The things Ojeleye will have to work on at the next level are his shot and also his defense.  He can shot with range but needs to develop a quicker release.  His defense is something that he will have to work on as well.  He isn’t used to playing defense against players his size, so that will take some adjustment at the next level.  Another aspect of his game he will have to work on is moving without the ball.  He isn’t used to playing with teammates that have to be involved with the game, so he will have to learn when to pass and when to take it himself. Ojeleye is an incoming freshman who might not get much time in his first year, but if he works hard he will get on the court more quickly.  He does come in to Duke with a chip on his shoulder, which could be a good thing, because he got passed over for the McDonalds All American game.  Ojeleye is a long athletic player who can score with the best of them and should fit right in at Duke with his work ethic and also his shooting. Ojeleye can learn in his first year and will be playing behind Rodney Hood and Alex Murphy. Hood is currently injured but should be ready for the beginning of the season.  This will give Ojeleye plenty of time to learn and get accustomed to the college game. Ojeleye is going to be a great player for Duke and will contribute all four years there.  He is a scorer and will be able to help the offense right away.  If he can become a great defender he could see plenty of time in the next four years.  He is another player Coach Krzyzewski likes he is a shooter and a long athletic player who will be able to switch on the defensive end of the floor.  He will be able to guard multiple positions.  He should be very successful at Duke and have a chance to play at the next level.

This article first appeared on isportsweb.com and was syndicated with permission.

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