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Josh Okogie

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Josh Okogie

SG, Sophomore, Georgia Tech

Personal

-       School: Georgia Tech

-       Season: Sophomore

-       Age: 19 (Born September 1, 1998)

-       Height: 6’4

-       Weight: 213 lbs

-       Has a really long wingspan

-       Twitter: CallMe_NonStop

-       Instagram: CallMe_NonStop

-       Born in Lagos, Nigeria, grew up in Snelville, Georgia

-       Good piano player

-       Played AAU with Harry Giles

-       Says his best skill is defense - says he gives 100% on D always

-       Looking to improve 3 point shooting - hitting the open shot

-       Says he works out 2-3 times everyday

-       Hungry - Wakes up at 5:30 am everyday and arrives at LA Fitness early in the morning

 

Game Tape

-       December 19, 2017 at Georgia

-       Fluid athlete

-       Long arms to affect shots

-       Pull-up right baseline jumper in transition, quick move – hits

-       Tipped entry pass from perimeter, steal

-       Tried attacking multiple times with back to basket from short corner and tied up twice

-       Plays a little out of control

-       Catch and shoot left corner 3 – hits – shot looks much improved from a year ago, under control, got his feet set, nice release

-       Gets over ball screens well and recovers to stay in front

-       Steals baseline pass by Maten and fouled attacking in transition

-       Missed right layup in traffic, bad shot selection, but really quick change of direction and first step

-       Turnover prone

-       Steals perimeter pass and fouled in transition

-       Shot poorly off the bounce

-       Usually out of control attacking the rim, but seeks contact always and does a good job initiating it and drawing fouls (got to the line 13 times)

-       Good FT shooter

 

Overall

Okogie is an athletic SG with long wingspan that is aggressive and seeks out contact. He has the quick twitch to get to the rim and length to defend well on the perimeter. He deflects and steals a lot of balls. His shot looked much improved in this game compared to last season, where I thought his stroke was the biggest hole in his game. He shot 38% on 4.2 attempts per game, but shot poorly from the field. I think that is a result of his lack of IQ driving the ball. Okogie’ plays/looks out of control at times, and I don’t think he knows yet when he can drive and when to pull-up, which is why he turns the ball over 2.5 times per game. His handle and shot off the dribble need some work. Rather than making moves, Okogie typically just tries to draw contact. When Okogie commits himself to rebounding the ball, he is a good rebounder for a guard. If he improves his understanding of defenses, I think Okogie has high potential in the NBA because of his athleticism, wingspan, and shooting potential. He has always reminded me of DeMar DeRozan. I don’t think he’ll ever become that, but if he has good work ethic, I think he can be a starter.

 

I think Okogie has the most potential because he is the best athlete of the 3 players I watched in this game. I think Maten is the safest pick because he already has elite post skills and has learned to shoot the 3, to go with solid athleticism playing the stretch 4 position. I think Lammers has the lowest upside, but is also a safe pick late that will contribute to a team in some manner, whether it be in practice, as a rotation C, or for their G-League affiliate.