Celtics Pick Semi Ojeleye No. 37 After Taking Jayson Tatum No. 3 in NBA Draft

Scott Polacek@@ScottPolacekFeatured ColumnistJune 23, 2017

TULSA, OK - MARCH 17: Semi Ojeleye #33 of the Southern Methodist Mustangs reacts in the second half against the USC Trojans during the first round of the 2017 NCAA Men's Basketball Tournament at BOK Center on March 17, 2017 in Tulsa, Oklahoma.  (Photo by J Pat Carter/Getty Images)
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Semi Ojeleye transferred away from a basketball powerhouse during his collegiate career, and the move ultimately landed him in the NBA.

The Boston Celtics selected Ojeleye with the No. 37 overall pick Thursday.

His college program, the SMU Mustangs, reacted to the pick:

ESPN's Adam Amin thinks Ojeleye is a good fit in Boston:

DraftExpress' Mike Schmitz and The Ringer's Kevin O'Connor thought the Celtics got great value:

Ojeleye started his college basketball tenure at Duke but transferred to SMU following two seasons of little impact; he played six games in the Blue Devils' 2015 NCAA championship team. After he sat out the 2015-16 campaign, he exploded onto the scene with 19.0 points and 6.9 rebounds per game in his one season at SMU.

The result was a 30-5 record and American Athletic Conference regular-season and tournament titles for the Mustangs.

Ojeleye was more than just a double-double threat on a nightly basis for SMU. He can also space the floor, as evidenced by his 42.4 percent mark from three-point range, and is versatile enough to handle the ball if necessary.

He will pose a matchup problem for opposing power forwards at the next level, as Schmitz explained: "Ojeleye has time and space to get to his jumper off the catch, can shoot off the dribble if run off the line, is nimble enough to attack opposing fours off the bounce with a tough combination of power and quickness, and is dangerous operating in mid-post spots while flashing crisp footwork for a 235-pounder."

Ojeleye's combination of athleticism and size will help him match up on the defensive side as well because he is quick enough to stick with some small forwards and will not shy away from contact as someone who can battle for rebounds.

If he lives up to his potential, the SMU and Duke product will represent a draft-day steal for the Celtics.

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