Semi Ojeleye has been a very pleasant surprise for the Boston Celtics this year. After a very strong college tenure at SMU, he was the 37th pick of last year’s NBA Draft. College fans may remember him as a Mustang, but many forget that Semi Ojeleye transferred from Duke.\nOjeleye was in Durham from 2013-15. He averaged just 1.6 points per game as a freshman, and three points in just over 10 minutes per game as a sophomore. After playing in just six games during the 2014-15 season, Semi Ojeleye transferred from Duke.\nHe wound up at SMU, and won AAC player of the year as a Mustang in 2016-17. Ojeleye averaged 19 points and 6.9 total rebounds per game, leading the team to the NCAA Tournament.\nThis year, he is a breakout player for the Celtics. Ojeleye’s defense was key in dealing with Milwaukee Bucks superstar Giannis Antetokounmpo in the first round of the NBA Playoffs.\nAn NBA future was not always a sure thing for him however. His college change was not met with a ton of grace on Duke’s part, based on a new article in the Boston Herald.\nWhen Semi Ojeleye transferred from Duke, head coach Mike Krzyzewski was reportedly not very happy.\nKrzyzewski fanned Semi’s resolve, too. Semi’s brother Victor said the Duke coach, irritated following multiple inquiries from the family about their son’s role, lashed out when Semi gave him the news.\n“What I will say about that day is that (Krzyzewski) told Semi he was making a mistake,” said Victor Ojeleye.\nOjeleye’s parents describe a particularly contentious meeting with Coach K a few weeks before his transfer decision. They were inquiring about their sons lack of playing time.\nWhen the following season started with Semi in a similar role, Ernest tried reaching Krzyzewski again, to no avail. So the family asked for a second meeting, this time with Victor accompanying his mother to Durham.\nAccording to Joy, a very different Coach K met them in his office. She said the coach ignited when asked about Semi’s prospects and jumped out of his chair. A terrified Joy knelt in front of the enraged coach.\n“He shouted at me. He said, ‘Am I lying, Am I lying?’ Just like that,” she said. “My oldest son said, ‘Coach, she didn’t say you were lying, she was only asking a question.’\n“I had tears streaming down my cheeks, and I said, ‘Coach, you’re way up there and I’m down here. That’s why I kneeled down and said forgive me. I didn’t say you were lying. I would never say that.’ Victor, for the first time, he felt so humiliated, so bad and ashamed I was treated like that. It’s OK. I just didn’t want him to feel like I was being rude to him. I just wanted to ask the question. Is there anything my son needs to do and achieve the privilege to play? Because if you never play, nobody sees your talent. And he tells me he does everything you tell him to do, so if you’re working hard behind the scenes, please, even if it’s five minutes, let him play.\n“So when I sat down, he said, ‘You’re OK, you’re OK, that’s OK, that’s OK, you haven’t done anything wrong.’ And he went back and sat in his chair. I said ‘I’m sorry,’ and he said, ‘You don’t have anything to be sorry about. You’re fine.’ ”\nOf course, we’ll never know how Ojeleye’s career would have turned out if he hadn’t gone to SMU. He very well may have developed into a star upper classman for the Blue Devils.\nIt is hard to argue that the move to SMU didn’t work out. And now he is playing a crucial role with a team that seems to have at least a reasonable shot to make the NBA Finals.\n[Boston Herald]\nThe post Mike Krzyzewski Looks Very Bad In Long Story About Former Duke Player appeared first on The Spun.