JOSH OKOGIE

BIRTHDATE: 9/1/98

POSITION: Shooting Guard

HEIGHT: 6'4"

WEIGHT: 215 lbs

SCHOOL/ TEAM: Georgia Tech

CLASS: Sophomore

STRENGTHS

Slashing ability - Slashing guard that attacks the basket. Attempted 6.4 FTA per game
Quickness - Uses great first step to blow by defenders
Transition - Majority points came in transition; puts a lot of pressure on the defense in transition
Athleticism - Very good athlete
Age - Just turned 19
Rebounding - Good rebounder from the wing
3 point shooting - Shot 38% from 3 as a freshman

WEAKNESSES

Ball handling - right hand dominant
Creativity - Not a creative scorer or ball handler

Play making - Does not make plays for others or operate in pick & roll 
Finishing - Gets to the rim a lot but isn't a great finisher

Half court offense - Can he score in a NBA half court offense aside from spotting up? 

Pace - Plays at one pace. Fast.

JAMES BARLOWE - SEPTEMBER 24, 2017

One of the bigger surprises in the ACC was the standout play of freshman guard Josh Okogie. The 6’4” shooting guard led the Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets to a deep NIT run only to fall to eventual champions TCU. Okogie was a slashing nightmare for defenses scoring 16 ppg, good for 8th in the conference.

Okogie did most of his damage either in transition or getting to the foul line, where he led the conference in both makes and attempts. Also a good spot up 3 point shooter, Okogie shot 38% on 2 attempts per game. Okogie’s strong play earned him an invite to the USA U19 team this past summer. The crazy thing is Josh just turned 19 in September of 2017.

I’d like to Okogie continue to develop as a shooter by increasing his attempts at the 3 point line. He shot a really good percentage last season but two attempts per game isn’t a strong indicator of his ability to stretch the floor. In the league, he will be asked to stretch the floor more than he will be asked just to score, so I’d like to see him at about four attempts a game. He shot a respectable 75% from the foul line so I expect him to remain efficient. Okogie snuck up on a lot of teams as a modest 3 star recruit, but he’s no longer a secret and neither is the fact that he wants to go right (90% of the time in his isolations!) Okogie wasn’t asked to make plays but as the focus of the opposing teams main concern, he’ll have to improve his playmaking as he averaged more turnovers than assists. He plays a lot like a small forward but I genuinely think he’s a shooting guard if he can remain consistent from 3.


 

JAMES BARLOWE - SEPTEMBER 24, 2017

SUMMARY

Here is a breakdown of Okogie's possessions over the 2016-17 season