|High School:||Tennessee Temple|
Pronounced: Michael O-Joe
(as of Jan. 18, 2017)
Michael Ojo's Career Highs:
PTS: 13 at Winthrop (11-18-16)
RBS: 10 vs. Winthrop (11-18-16)
BLK: 3, 3x last vs. Duke (2-9-15)
STL: 2 vs. Providence (11-22-14)
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ON OJO: Returns for his fifth season as a Seminole after missing the entire 2015-16 season because of an injury…earned his Bachelor’s Degree in International Affairs on April 30, 2016…currently taking classes towards earning his Master’s Degree in International Affairs…suffered a meniscus tear in his left knee during pre-season workouts prior to the start of the 2015-16 season…learned a tremendous amount about preparing for every basketball game during the year he was on the sidelines with his injury…cites specifically the ability to follow the game plans as drawn up by the coaching staff, preparing mentally for every game and every opponent and playing every play of every game as the most important things he became more aware of from the Seminoles’ bench…“After you make a dunk or hit a 3-pointer, you cannot live in the moment, you have to get back on defense,” said Ojo on the things he learned as a “player-coach” during the 2015-16 season…an experienced player who will reach the 100 career games plateau early during the 2016-17 season…has played in 96 career games since his arrival as a freshman for the 2012-13 season…will have the opportunity to become one of the all-time top-25 shot blockers in school history as he enters his senior season…he has blocked 48 shots in his first three seasons and will look to move in the list of the Seminoles’ all-time greats as he approaches 66 blocked shots for his career…Alexander Johnson (2004-06) and Kiel Turpin (2013, 15) are currently tied for 25th on the Seminoles’ all-time list with 66 blocked shots...needs 23 blocked shot to move into the all-time top-20 for blocked shots in the Seminole record book…one of the strongest players in the history of the Seminole program who at 7-1 and 301 pounds still has plenty of room to grow…continues to learn 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 dominant 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 four 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… 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 22 varsity teams on an annual basis…one of two Golden Torch award winners (along with Boris Bojanovsky) for men's basketball in 2016...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…earned the Academic Achievement and Charlie Ward Outstanding Defensive Player Awards from the Florida State Coaching staff at the Seminoles’ 2015 Honors Banquet...
AS A Graduate Student (2017): Recorded his first career double-double with both a career high in points (13) and rebounds (10) against Winthrop (Nov. 18)...also made his career-high of 9 free throws on a career-high 12 free throw attempts against Winthrop...Scored 12 points to come one point shy of breaking his career high in a 75-67 win over Minnesota in the ACC/Big Ten Challange (Nov. 28)...Scored 10 points on a perfect 5-for-5 from the floor in 118-63 victory over Nicholls State (Dec. 8)...Scored 8 points (6-for-6 from the free throw line) and recorded another 7 rebounds in a win against Florida (Dec. 11)...came away with 9 poinst as he was a defensive presence against No. 7 Duke in a 88-72 win (Jan. 10)...
AS A SENIOR (2016): Team co-captain…did not play in any of the Seminoles’ 34 games because of an injury and is expected to be granted a medical redshirt season...had surgery to repair a meniscus tear in his left knee on Oct. 14, 2015…earned his degree in international affairs and is currently taking classes towards earning a master’s degree in international affairs…traveled with the Seminoles throughout the season and practice on a limited basis throughout most of the season as he worked in earnest to return to Florida State’s lineup…
AS A JUNIOR (2015): Averaged 2.2 points (ninth on the team), 2.4 rebounds (seventh) and a career-high tying 0.5 blocked shots (fifth) while shooting better than .500 from the field for the second consecutive season (.529)…played in all 33 games while starting a career-high 21 games including a career-high 16 starting assignments in the Seminoles’ 18 ACC games…established his career-high for games started (21) and tied his career-high for steals (five)…in starting his career-high of 21 games, he was one of only five Seminoles who started at least 21 games during the season… started every game for the Seminoles from Nov. 17 against North Florida through the Seminoles’ game against Louisville on Feb. 28…was Florida State’s leading rebounder for the fourth time in his career as he pulled down his career-high of nine rebounds against NCAA Tournament National Champion Duke and ACC Player of the Year Jahlil Okafor at the Donald L. Tucker Center in Tallahassee (Feb. 9)…pulled down his career high of six defensive rebounds in earning his career high of nine rebounds against the Blue Devils…made a career-high tying four free throws in Florida State’s victory over USF in the Orange Bowl Classic (Dec. 20)…his four free throws against the Bulls come on a career-high seven free throw attempts and helped the Seminoles to a 75-62 win at the BB&T Center in Sunrise, Fla…scored his season-high of seven points against NCAA Tournament participant Providence in the third round of the Naismith Basketball Hall of Fame Classic at the Mohegan Sun Arena in Uncasville, Conn. (Nov. 22)…made his season-high of three field goals against the Friars…totaled five or more points a total of four times including seven against Providence, six against USF and five each against The Citadel (Nov. 25) and Stetson (Dec. 22)…his season-high of four points in ACC play came against North Carolina (Jan. 24), at Virginia Tech (Feb. 7) and at ACC regular season champion Virginia (Feb. 22)…tied his career high with three blocked shots each against North Florida and Duke…his blocked shots against the Blue Devils came on a lay-up attempt by Matt Jones in the first half and on lay-up attempts by 2015 NBA Draft selections Quinn Cook and Tyus Jones in the second half…his blocked shots helped the Seminoles get back in to the game and bring their deficit to only one point with 11 seconds left to play after trailing by 14 points in the second half…his career-high of 21 minutes played came in the Seminoles’ game against Duke in Tallahassee…earned double figure minutes in 16 of the 33 games in which he played as a junior…earned 20 minutes of playing time in the Seminoles’ victory over The Citadel – a game during which he scored five points and pulled down four rebounds…tied his career-high with five steals during the season including a career-high two steals against Providence in the Basketball Hall of Fame Tip-Off Classic…
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 14 starts including eight starts in ACC competition…established career-highs for games played (36), 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 season-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) and 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 season 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 season 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)…season 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 shot 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…received his bachelor's degree in international affairs on April 6, 2016...academic major is international affairs (master's degree)...