Meet Semi Ojeleye. He’s a 6’7 forward for SMU who transferred to the Mustangs after beginning his college career at Duke. Ojeleye spent two seasons as a member of the Blue Devils before leaving Durham for greener pastures at SMU where he could be a starter. That decision has paid off this season, as he’s averaged 18.9 points, 6.8 rebounds and 1.6 assists per game with the Mustangs.
Ojeleye’s play is one of the key players in SMU’s very short rotation, and is a big reason why the Mustangs earned a 6-seed in the NCAA Tournament.
On Friday, Ojeleye introduced himself to the world watching him for the first time with the best dunk we’ve seen so far in the tournament, and one that will be extremely difficult to top.
After a missed shot, Ojeleye skied over a USC defender to throw down a hellacious put-back jam with one hand. This is the kind of play that will be replayed over and over throughout the tournament, and also illustrates the crazy athleticism of the entire SMU team.
The Mustangs are very unique in that their lineup is all about the same size (between 6’6 and 6’9), and they all are crazy athletic. That makes them a very fun team to watch and also a very dangerous team to make a run in the tournament. If nothing else, they are a threat to dunk all over you at any time, as USC learned the hard way.