Semi Ojeleye

Semi Ojeleye

26-Year-Old ForwardF
Milwaukee Bucks
Out
Injury Calf
Est. Return 12/15/2021
2021 Fantasy Outlook
There was no outlook written for Semi Ojeleye in 2021. Check out the latest news below for more on his current fantasy value.
$Signed a one-year, $1.79 million contract with the Bucks in August of 2021.
Personal Bio/PreCareer Summary

Jesusemilore Talodabijesu Ojeleye was born in Overland Park, Kansas. His family is from Nigeria. Ojeleye's father, Ernest, came to the United States for a residency at the University of Kansas medical center. His mother, Joy, is a registered nurse. Ojeleye's older brother, Victory, played basketball at Kansas State. Semi maintained a 4.0 GPA throughout high school and was a National Honor Society member. He was a two-time first team all-state player and won the 2013 Parade Magazine National Player of the Year award. In college, Ojeleye majored in psychology. While at SMU, Ojeleye was nominated for the Allstate NABC Good Works Team for his efforts off the court. In 2019, the Boston Celtics Shamrock Foundation honored Ojeleye with the 2019 Community Champion Award for his work with local charities. You can follow Ojeleye on both Twitter and Instagram via @semi. Ojeleye played for two seasons at Duke, then transferred for one season at Southern Methodist University. As a freshman on a loaded 2013-14 Duke team, Ojeleye played 5.0 minutes per game, averaging 1.6 points and 0.2 made threes per contest. Seven Blue Devils from that roster would go on to NBA careers. After playing in only six games during his sophomore year, Ojeleye would transfer to SMU seeking a larger role. Despite losing the 2015-16 season due to transfer ineligibility, the move proved beneficial. During the 2016-17 season, the burly wing started 35 games for the Mustangs, averaging 19.0 points, 6.9 boards and 2.1 made threes per game. Ojeleye was named the American Athletic Conference Player of the Year, as well as All-Conference First Team and postseason tournament MVP. Ojeleye's Mustangs lost to USC in the first round of the NCAA Tournament.

Facing extended absence
FMilwaukee Bucks
Calf
November 22, 2021
Coach Mike Budenholzer said Monday that Ojeleye (calf) is dealing with a significant injury and is "going to miss some time," Jim Owczarski of the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel reports.
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Ojeleye missed Saturday's contest and was already ruled out for Monday's matchup with the Magic, and it appears he won't be taking the court anytime soon. The team put out an official update ruling the 26-year-old out for at least the next three weeks, at which point he'll be re-evaluated.
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13 days ago
With a couple key players out and a projected high-scoring contest, Dan Bruno likes Pascal Siakam to do well tonight.
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Ojeleye's first three season in the Association look awfully similar, suggesting there might not be room for growth heading into 2020-21. Boston also grabbed small forward in Aaron Nesmith with the 14th pick in the 2020 Draft. The 6-foot-6 Nesmith averaged 4.3 three-pointers during his second season at Vanderbilt and seems poised to supplant Ojeleye as Boston's first 3-and-D player off the bench. The Celtics will still rely on Ojeleye's tough defense (some still think of him as a Giannis stopper), but it's hard to envision Ojeleye improving on his 14.7 minutes per game from last season. The burly wing also attempted only 2.8 field goal attempts per contest, which doesn't exactly scream "fantasy gold". While Boston values his energetic defense and positive bench presence, Ojeleye is probably suited only to the deepest of fantasy leagues.
Ojeleye took a step backward last year in his development towards becoming a three-and-D bench contributor. In his sophomore season, the buff 24-year-old saw his minutes dip from 15.8 to 10.6 minutes per contest, and his three-point shooting regrettably continued to hover around 32 percent. Plus he was forced to endure 26 DNPs. The departure of Marcus Morris could open up some playing time for Ojeleye, though he's still behind Gordon Hayward, Jason Tatum, Jaylen Brown and possibly rookie Grant Williams on the Celtic depth chart. Ojeleye is signed through the 2020-21 season, so he'll continue to be a mainstay on the Boston bench. Whether or not he'll improve on his modest workload is debatable.
When Ojeleye was drafted in the second round last June, he had G League written all over him. But then two important things happened. First, Gordon Hayward was lost to a season-ending injury. Then, Ojeleye quickly developed into a reliable three-and-D reserve, with an emphasis on the latter. It seemed like an odd transformation for the burly rookie, who averaged 19 points per game in his last season at SMU. But it led to Ojeleye averaging 16 minutes per game over 73 appearances as a rookie. If Ojeleye can improve upon his 32 percent shooting from behind the arc, he'll be an ideal reserve, though Hayward's return and a lack of attrition elsewhere on the roster could mean he'll struggle to match last season's workload on many nights.
Selected 37th overall in the 2017 Draft, Ojeleye is staring up from the bottom of the Celtic depth chart, facing a long list of veterans. With wings Marcus Smart, Jaylen Brown, Gordon Hayward and fellow rookie Jason Tatum well ahead of Ojeleye, you can expect the 22-year old rookie to spend a lot of time shuttling back and forth between Boston and the team’s G-League affiliate, the Maine Red Claws. But Boston’s three-for-one deal to bring in Kyrie Irving does free up some possible minutes for Ojeleye. The undersized yet severely muscular 6’6” rookie will see more time at small forward than shooting guard. His ability to create his own shot must intrigue Celtic management. The SMU product will need another quantity-for-quality Boston deal for any hope of seeing meaningful minutes, and even if that should occur, it’s doubtful the team would risk a possible Finals appearance by giving too many minutes to Ojeleye. Keep expectations low.
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Ruled out Monday
FMilwaukee Bucks
Calf
November 21, 2021
Ojeleye (calf) will not play Monday against Orlando.
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Ruled out Saturday
FMilwaukee Bucks
Calf
November 20, 2021
Ojeleye (calf) is sidelined Saturday against the Magic, Eric Nehm of The Athletic reports.
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Considered questionable
FMilwaukee Bucks
Calf
November 20, 2021
Ojeleye is listed as questionable for Saturday's matchup with the Magic due to right calf soreness.
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Resting Sunday
FMilwaukee Bucks
Rest
October 31, 2021
Ojeleye is listed as out for Sunday's game against the Jazz due to return to competition reconditioning.
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Cleared to debut Wednesday
FMilwaukee Bucks
October 27, 2021
Ojeleye (calf) is available Wednesday against the Timberwolves, Scott Grodsky of CBS 58 reports.
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