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After climbing into striking distance of first-round, Georgia Tech’s Josh Okogie staying in draft

Georgia Tech Okogie Basketball

FILE - In this March 1, 2018, file photo, Georgia Tech guard Josh Okogie (5) celebrates with fans after their win over North Carolina State in an NCAA college basketball game in Atlanta. Okogie plans to skip his final two college seasons to enter the NBA draft, announcing his intention Thursday, March 15, 2018, through the school. He will not hire an agent, leaving open the option of returning to the Yellow Jackets. (AP Photo/Danny Karnik, File)


Georgia Tech sophomore shooting guard Josh Okogie nailed the combine. He aced his athletic testing, posting some of the best quickness numbers in the event’s history, and impressed even more with his 5-on-5 play.

Now, it’s time to capitalize.


Okogie appears to be a borderline first-round pick. NBA teams covet versatile wings like him.

Just 19 until September, Okogie is younger than freshmen like DeAndre Ayton, Mohamed Bamba and Michael Porter Jr. So, Okogie looks better on the aging curve than the typical sophomore.

At 6-foot-5 with a 7-foot wingspan, he can defend three – maybe four – positions. He freelances a little too much defensively, but at least he’s active.

Okogie was probably miscast as a go-to offensive player at Georgia Tech. NBA teams won’t similarly lean on his deficient areas – court vision, ball-handling and finishing. He’ll probably be more efficient just spotting up and cutting.

The biggest variable in Okogie’s game is 3-point shooting. Will he reliably make NBA 3s? His form offers reason to believe, but not reason to be convinced.