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Semi Ojeleye isn't just sitting around waiting for Summer League to begin. He is once again working with Shooting Coach Drew Hanlen to raise his game a few levels, particularly on the offensive end.

Semi is a solid shooter, but his issue is gaining confidence in getting accurate shots off under pressure in game situations. That is where Hanlen comes in. He is the CEO of Pure Sweat Basketball and works with NBA prospects and vets to improve their game.


Ojeleye became a significant part of the Celtics' rotation as a rookie, averaging 15.8 minutes/game. His defense was stellar, but his offensive numbers showed 2.7 PPG on 35% from the field. But he did average 32% from beyond the arc - a good sign. His shooting stroke can be seen in the video below, training with Hanlen prior to the 2017 NBA draft.



Apparently, both Jayson Tatum and Semi are working with Drew once again, as is the 76'ers Markelle Fultz. Fultz may present Hanlen's biggest challenge of the summer, having totally fizzled in his rookie season due mainly to an injury and broken shot. This kid can use a boost.


Ojeleye was labelled a 3-and-D guy coming into the League, and if he can add some scoring and rebounding to his defensive production, he should see minutes in the mid-20's or more this coming season. Most of the comments to the 2017 video seen above concerned Semi's chiseled physique. But a single comment resonated with me: "Hard not to like this guy." I could not agree more.

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Photo via Stephen R. Sylvanie/USA TODAY Sports
Video via DraftExpress

Tom Lane 6/27/2018 10:49:00 AM Edit
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