Ojeleye, Brown Selected In 2017 NBA Draft

by Dan M | Posted on Friday, June 23rd, 2017


Mar 11, 2017; Hartford, CT, USA; Southern Methodist Mustangs forward Semi Ojeleye (33) reacts after a play against the UCF Knights in the second half of the semifinals during the AAC Conference Tournament at XL Center. SMU defeated UCF 70-59. Mandatory Credit: David Butler II-USA TODAY Sports

First Time Multiple Mustangs Were Selected In the First Two Rounds

NEW YORK (NBA/SMU) – SMU’s Semi Ojeleye and Sterling Brown were selected in the 2017 NBA Draft on Thursday night. Ojeleye was selected 37th overall by the Boston Celtics and Brown was picked 46th overall by the Philadelphia 76ers. This is the fourth time the Mustangs have had multiple picks in the NBA Draft, but the first time with multiple selections in the first two rounds.

Ojeleye was named American Athletic Conference Player of the Year and Associated Press All-America Honorable Mention. He was also named AAC All-Tournament Most Outstanding Player, All-AAC First Team, USBWA All-District VII and NABC All-District 25 First Team. Ojeleye averaged 19.0 points (3rd AAC) and 6.9 rebounds (11th AAC) while shooting 48.7 percent (8th AAC) overall and 42.4 percent from 3-point range (3rd AAC). The American Scholar-Athlete of the Year and CoSIDA Academic All-America Second Team honoree graduated in May with a bachelor’s degree in psychology.

Brown was named an NABC Division I College All-Star, All-American Athletic Conference Second Team and AAC All-Tournament this season. As a senior, he averaged 13.4 points (13th AAC), 6.5 rebounds (16th AAC), 3.0 assists (14th AAC) and 1.4 steals (7th AAC). He led The American in 3-point percentage for the second straight season (44.9) and was eighth in free throw percentage (79.1). He played in a program-record 109 victories during his SMU career and finished second in career 3-point shooting at 45.1 percent. He also ranked among career leaders in points (1,110, 31st), rebounds (653, 15th), assists (294, 15th), steals (139, 9th), blocks (51, T-23rd), field goal percentage (50.4, 14th) and threes made (128, 11th). He graduated in May with a bachelor’s degree in sports management and a minor in sociology.

SMU finished the season 30-5 overall and ranked No. 11 in the final AP Poll under Head Coach Tim Jankovich. The Mustangs won the American Athletic Conference regular season and tournament titles en route to the NCAA Tournament. The 30 wins set a program record, including a 17-1 mark in conference play and an 18-0 home record. The Mustangs had winning streaks of 10 games and 16 games in a stretch that saw SMU win 26 of 27.

SMU in the Draft

Name Year Team NBA Draft (Round, Overall)
Semi Ojeleye 2017 Boston 2nd Round, 37th
Sterling Brown 2017 Philadelphia 2nd Round, 46th
Jeryl Sasser 2001 Orlando 1st Round, 22nd
Terry Williams 1987 Golden State 5th Round, 105th
Kevin Lewis 1986 San Antonio 6th Round, 125th
Jon Koncak 1985 Atlanta 1st Round, 5th
Carl Wright 1985 Philadelphia 5th Round, 113th
Brad Branson 1980 Detroit 2nd Round, 45th
Ira Terrell 1976 Phoenix 3rd Round, 45th
Sammy Hervey 1974 Atlanta 6th Round, 97th
Gene Phillips 1971 Milwaukee 7th Round, 119th
Bill Voight 1969 Chicago 14th Round, 183rd
Bill Voight 1969 Milwaukee 16th Round, 196th
Lynn Phillips 1969 Milwaukee 17th Round, 202nd
Charles Beasley 1967 Cincinnati 7th Round, 74th
Carroll Hooser 1966 Detroit 6th Round, 52nd
Gene Elmore 1964 San Francisco 4th Round, 34th
Jan Loudermilk 1962 Los Angeles 4th Round, 35th
Steve Strange 1961 Chicago 9th Round, 83rd
Rick Herrscher 1958 St. Louis 6th Round, 47th
Jim Krebs 1957 Minneapolis 1st Round, 3rd
Bobby Mills 1957 St. Louis 10th Round, 98th
Jack Brown 1951 Rochester 7th Round, 68th
Bob Prewitt 1949 New York





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