Continuing our Draft Prospect series, I take a look at the hometown kid Josh Okogie!
Josh Okogie is a relatively unknown prospect in the national scope of the NBA draft but if you live in Atlanta you know about the dynamic sophomore shooting guard. As a 3 star recruit coming out of high school (0 star according to ESPN), Okogie exceeded all expectations in his freshman year becoming the third freshman ever to score more than 500 points for Georgia Tech and led Georgia Tech to the NIT championship. His sophomore season was slightly derailed by an accusation of violating NCAA rules and a finger injury. In spite of the adversity, Okogie averaged 18 points, 6 rebounds, and 2 assists per game. Although many Georgia Tech fans thought he would come back for his junior season, he declared for the draft and has drawn interest from multiple teams including the Hawks, who hosted him for a workout.
Josh Okogie absolutely impressed his freshman year scoring over 500 points and grabbing 200 rebounds. His main source of scoring was in the lane where he excelled driving the lane and finishing strong. As an extra result of him driving so much, he scored a ton of points off foul shots and ended his career with a 78% free throw percentage.
Height: 6-4 1/2
Weight: 210 lbs
Wingspan: 7 feet
Vertical: 44 inches (#1)
Shuttle: 3.03 (#1)
Okogie was named one of the Combine’s standout performers by almost all NBA draft analysts especially in the 5 on 5s. Okogie, unfortunately for the Hawks, has drastically improved his draft stock so it could take more to get him.
These are highlights and will obviously show all the highs but as a Tech fan, watching all the games, you could see his impact and playmaking ability almost every game.
Driving, strength, wingspan/length, vision, can guard 1-3 and has a good potential to be a lockdown defender, good jump shooter, and draws a lot of fouls
Has a poor 3 point shot which allows teams to focus solely on his driving, can struggle to gain speed on fast breaks, makes poor decisions when passing, and doesn’t generate a lot of assists.
NEW YORK, NY - MARCH 06: Josh Okogie #5 of the Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets works against Jerome Robinson #1 of the Boston College Eagles in the first half during the first round of the ACC Men's Basketball Tournament at Barclays Center on March 6, 2018 in New York City. (Photo by Abbie Parr/Getty Images)
Due to Okogie’s great combine, his efficient 2 years, and the interest he has drawn from many teams, I think Okogie will end up going in the 30th pick-45th pick range. Luckily the Hawks have two picks in the range so could afford to take Okogie. His defense and driving ability will be what shines his first year but if he can improve on his 3 point shot, he could end up being a very valuable all-around wing for the Hawks.