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#50 Michael Ojo
Position: Center
Height: 7'1"
Weight: 292
Year: Junior
Hometown: Lagos, Nigeria
High School: Tennessee Temple
Experience: 1 Letter

Pronounced: Michael O-Joe

Bio: 2014-15 Complete Bio

YearGPGSMinAvgFGFGAPct3FG3A3PctFTFTAPctOffDefTotAvgPFFOATOBSPtsAvg
12-13 27 9 136 5.0 7 24 .292 0 0 .000 4 11 .365 7 20 27 1.0 24 0 3 9 7 3 18 0.7
13-14 36 14 428 11.9 35 64 .547 0 0 .000 20 47 .426 36 72 108 3.0 72 1 9 32 25 5 90 2.5
TOTAL 62 23 564 9.0 42 88 .477 0 0 .000 24 58 .414 36 72 108 3.0 72 1 9 32 25 5 108 1.7

 

Features: Ojo A Sight To Behold / Ojo Growing Comfortable /Michael Ojo Profile / Seminoles' Ojo Looks To Take The Next Step / Internationals Coming of Age / Big Men Hope To Build On Game Vs. Gators /

ON OJO: The most rapidly improving player in the ACC and quite possibly in all of college basketball…enters his third season of college basketball with a clear understanding of what is expected of him as a basketball player…his most important improvement has come in the area of his increased stamina – he averaged nearly seven minutes played more per game as a sophomore when compared to his freshman season…the number will necessarily increase this season as he grows into his junior season…Seminole head coach Leonard Hamilton always preaches that his players enjoy their best improvement between their sophomore and junior seasons…has spent much of the last two summers (between his freshman and sophomore and between his sophomore and junior years) studying film of former Seminole and current Dallas Maverick Bernard James…has also learned a great deal from Florida States’ Associate Head Coach Stan Jones whose tireless work with the mammoth post player has helped him turn the corner toward becoming a dominating center in the game of college basketball…Ojo is now  more apt to throw down a thunderous dunk than attempt a hook shot – a basketball move he now makes without hesitation…in two years under the tutelage of Hamilton and Jones, he has learned to not only go to the basket as hard as he can, but to grab rebounds in traffic, draw fouls, set screens and guard his opponent…he is often guarding an All-ACC caliber center in every game the Seminoles play…Hamilton has said that Ojo’s biggest challenge is relaxing his mind in order to think clearly while remaining ultra-competitive…one of the strongest players in the history of the Seminole program who at 7-1 and 292 pounds still has plenty of room to grow…his strength and unusual size allows him to compete with many of college basketball’s most accomplished big men because he is so tough to move off of the blocks…is working on developing his foot speed and quickness which will allow him to flourish as a defender in Florida State’s system…is working on developing his explosiveness in order to outwork his opponents for position on the floor both offensively and defensively…already has the wingspan and the strength to defend any player in the country but needs to develop the quickness and foot speed in order to outwork other players…his increased quickness will also help him rotate to the ball within the Seminoles’ system…his increased quickness will also allow him to help his teammates in many help defense situations and recover to his position and guard his man more efficiently…a very high character student athlete who fits in very well with the players on Florida State’s roster…with his 7-8 wingspan, he can nearly touch the rim without jumping…earned the Golden Torch Award for basketball in 2013...the award recognizes the top academic performer on each of Florida State's 21 varsity teams on an annual basis…presented with the Unsung Hero Award by the Seminoles’ coaching staff at Florida State’s annual Honors Banquet in 2013…presented with the Mr. Hustle and Tip Of the Spear Awards at the Seminole basketball honors banquet in 2014…

AS A SOPHOMORE (2014): Averaged a career-high 2.5 points (eighth on the team), a career-high 3.0 rebounds (seventh) and a career-high 0.5 blocked shots (fifth) while playing in all 36 games for the Seminoles in his second season as a Seminole…earned a career-high 14 starts including a career-high tying eight starts in ACC competition…established career-highs for games played (36), games started (14), minutes played (438), minutes played per game (11.9), field goals made (35), field goals attempted (64), field goal percentage (.547), free throws made (20), free throws attempted (47), free throw percentage (.426), offensive rebounds (36), defensive rebounds (72), total rebounds (108), rebounds per game (3.0), assists (nine), blocked shots (25), steals (five), points scored (90) and points per game (2.5)…scored his career-high of 10 points in Florida State’s game against Florida at the Stephen C. O’Connell Center in Gainesville (Nov. 29)…was a perfect three of three from the field and made a career-high four free throws in scoring his career-high 10 points against the Gators…scored 90 points as a sophomore – scored five times as many points as a sophomore (90) than he did as a freshman (18)…scored eight points against No. 13 Michigan in the second round of the Puerto Rico Tip-Off (Nov. 22), totaled 10 against Florida and scored his ACC career-high of eight points against Maryland (Feb. 8)…scored 38 points in the first nine games of the season – more than twice as many points as he scored during his entire freshman season…averaged 3.8 points scored per game in the first nine games of his sophomore season as compared to averaging 0.7 points scored per game in 27 games as a freshman…pulled down his career-high 108 rebounds and averaged a career-high 3.0 rebounds per game – a total that was four times as many as during his freshman season… tripled his per game averages from his first season…an incredible illustration of his improvement came at the beginning of his sophomore season…he pulled down more rebounds in the first five games of the season (29) as a sophomore than he did during his entire freshman season (27)…began the season with five rebounds in the season opener against Jacksonville (Nov. 8) then earned six rebounds in four consecutive games against UCF (Nov. 13), UT-Martin (Nov. 17), No. 10 VCU (Nov. 21) and No. 13 Michigan (Nov. 22)…totaled five or more rebounds in 12 different games including five against North Carolina (Feb. 17) and six against Minnesota in the semifinals of the NIT in a game played in Madison Square Garden (April 1)…pulled down his career-high of eight rebounds in Florida State’s victory over No. 20 UMass in the Orange Bowl Classic (Dec. 21)…started 14 of the final 15 games of the season (seven ACC games, two ACC Tournament games and four NIT games) to bring his career total to 23 career starting assignments…played more than three times as many minutes and averaged nearly seven minutes more played per game as a sophomore as compared to his freshman season…his career high of 19 minutes played came in victories over UMass and Virginia Tech with double figure minutes coming in 25 of 36 games…averaged 1.9 points and 2.0 rebounds in 10.9 minutes played per game as a starter and 2.9 points and 3.6 rebounds in 12.5 minutes played per game as a reserve…totaled three times as many assists as a sophomore (nine) as compared to his freshman season (three)…totaled his career-high of two assists in Florida State’s victory over Charlotte (Dec. 17) and against Clemson (Feb. 1)…totaled three assists in back to back games against Charlotte and UMass to tie his season total from his freshman season in just 35 minutes of playing time…ranked third on the team in total blocked shots with a single season career-high 25 – a total that was nearly four times as many shots as he blocked during his freshman season…blocked his career high of three shots in Florida State’s victory over Charlotte and blocked multiple shots in seven different games…totaled more blocked shots in the first eight games of his sophomore season (nine) than he did in 25 games as a freshman…his ACC career high of two blocked shots came in the Seminoles’ conference schedule opener against Virginia (Jan. 4)…dramatically increased his field goals made total (35-7) and his free throws made total (20-4) as he significantly improved his all-around game…

AS A FRESHMAN (2013): Averaged 0.7 points (13th on the team) and 1.0 rebound (tied for 11th) in 27 games during his first season at Florida State…inserted into the starting line-up on February 13 against Miami and was a starter for the Seminoles in nine of the final 11 games of the season…averaged 5.0 minutes played per game and played in double figure minutes in three different games including a season high 17 minutes in the Seminoles’ home game against Miami…scored his season high of three points in that home game against Miami (Feb. 13) and also in Florida State’s victory over Maine (Dec. 9) in Tallahassee…his season-high of three rebounds came in three ACC games – in wins over Wake Forest (Feb. 26) and Maryland (Jan. 30) and at Miami (Jan. 27)…season high one assist in three different games – against Buffalo (Nov. 12), NC State (Feb. 19) during the regular season and against Clemson in the ACC Tournament (March 14)…career high one steal in three different games – in wins over Buffalo (Nov. 12), Maryland (Jan. 30) and NC State (March 9)…

AT TENNESSEE TEMPLE: Graduated from Tennessee Temple High School in Chattanooga, Tenn., in 2012…earned All-American Honors as a senior from the National Association of Christian Athletes…named to the All-Tournament Team at the National Association of Christian Athletes Tournament in 2012…averaged 15.0 points, 14.0 rebounds and 5.0 blocked shots per game as a senior…

PERSONAL: Born January 5, 1993…Michael is the son of Mrs. Olayinminu Ojo…selected Florida State over Vanderbilt and Tennessee Chattanooga…

 

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