PROVIDENCE, R.I. (SMU/AAC) – Semi Ojeleye received the 2016-17 American Athletic Conference Men’s Basketball Scholar-Athlete Sport Excellence Award, the conference announced Wednesday.
Ojeleye was the 2016-17 American Athletic Conference Men’s Basketball Player of the Year, averaging 19.0 points (3rd AAC) and 6.9 rebounds (11th AAC) while shooting 48.7 percent overall (8th AAC) and 42.4 percent from 3-point range (3rd AAC). Ojeleye was also named AP All-America Honorable Mention, All-AAC First Team, NABC All-District 25 First Team and USBWA All-District VII after helping the Mustangs to The American regular season title with a 17-1 league record. He was then named the AAC All-Tournament Most Outstanding Player after the Mustangs won the AAC Tournament title en route to the NCAA Tournament. SMU finished the season 30-5 overall and No. 11 in the final AP Top 25. Ojeleye was then selected 37th overall by the Boston Celtics in the 2017 NBA Draft.
Ojeleye also volunteered at City Square, an organization that is dedicated to fighting poverty in the Dallas community. Academically, he was named The American 2016-17 Scholar-Athlete of the Year and garnered CoSIDA Academic All-America Second Team honors. He graduated from SMU in May with a bachelor’s degree in psychology.
The Scholar-Athlete Sport Excellence Awards are given to a student-athlete in each American Athletic Conference-sponsored sport based on academic credentials, athletic accolades and performances, and volunteer service to the community.