Isaac
Okoro
Position: SF
Height/Weight: 6-6 / 225 lbs
School/Club: Auburn
Status: Freshman
Birthday: 01/26/2001

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About Isaac Okoro

Isaac Okoro is a powerful athlete on the wing who exceeded expectations as a freshman at Auburn to solidify himself as a high-level NBA prospect.  Averaging 4.3 points and 1.3 assists for the United States team that won gold the 2018 FIBA U17 European Championship, Okoro emerged as a prospect early in his prep career and finished his senior year at McEachern High School (GA) regarded as a consensus top-35 prospect in the high school class of 2019.  Joining an Auburn team retooling from a Final Four run, he quickly carved out a role as a two-way difference maker for Bruce Pearl’s Tigers as his combination of, strength, athleticism, aggressiveness, and budding offensive ability helped him contribute in a variety of ways. 

Averaging 12.9 points, 4.4 rebounds, and 2 assists per game, Okoro earned a spot on the SEC All-Conference 2nd, All-Freshman, and All-Defensive teams.

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  • Possessing an impressive combination of length and strength, Okoro is a gifted athlete with the explosiveness to completement his 6-foot-6, 225-pound frame.  A powerful leaper who can go up and catch lobs and finish emphatically in space, Okoro blends an impressive physical prolife with an excellent motor and an evolving skill level.
     
  • Playing primarily off the ball, Okoro did much of his scoring this season filling lanes in transition and as a floor spacer but showed than ability to create for himself efficiently in limited opportunities as well.  An aggressive slasher with impressive speed who takes the ball strong to the rim and absorbs contact looking to finish with authority, he also shot the three better as the year went on and showed to ability to drive and dish playing a key role in Auburn’s success.
     
  • Among the top defenders in the draft, Okoro’s combination of tools and competitiveness made him a multi-positional stopper at the college level.

Defensive Analysis

  • With a unique combination of strength and quickness, Okoro is a very good defender who was frequently charged with defending opponents’ top perimeter threats last season regardless of position.  Allowing only 0.48 points per one-on-one possession [90th percentile], he proved difficult to push around in close and tough to beat off the dribble on the perimeter.
     
  • Among the more versatile wing defenders to come out of the NCAA ranks in recent years, Okoro plays with an uncommon competitiveness and physicality.  Scrapping for loose balls, using verticality, and making decisive rotations, Okoro does a lot of little things for a player who only turned 19 in January.

Career Highlights

  • 2019-20 All-SEC Second Team, All-Freshman Team and All-Defensive Team selection.
  • Became the fourth Auburn player to earn SEC Freshman of the Week twice in a season.
  • Second Auburn freshman since 1990 to score in double figures in each of his first six NCAA games.
  • Won a gold medal with USA Basketball at the 2018 FIBA U-17 Basketball World Cup.

Freshman (2019-20)

  • Averaged 12.9 points, 4.4 rebounds, 0.9 steals and 0.9 blocks.
  • Finished 10th among NCAA Division I freshmen in field goal percentage (51.4).
  • Hit the game-winning shot with 2.9 seconds left at South Alabama (Nov. 15).
  • Scored a career-high 23 points vs. Vanderbilt (Jan. 8).
  • SEC Freshman of the Week on Nov. 18 and Dec. 9.

High school

  • Averaged 19.7 points 10.1 rebounds and 2.7 steals as a senior in 2018-19.
  • Ranked 31st by Rivals.com and 36th by 247Sports.

Strengths

  • Physically imposing wing with an emerging skill set.
  • Highly versatile and impactful defender.
  • Attacks the rim and finishes through contact.
  • Strong intangibles and a high basketball IQ.

Personal

  • Named to the Auburn Athletic Director’s Honor Roll after maintaining at least a 3.5 GPA in the fall.
  • Father, Godwin, emigrated from Nigeria to the Unites States in the 1980s. 

Quotable

“He is the best defensive guard I think I’ve ever coached. He can guard 1-5. I’ve never had a player be able to do that. Big, strong, physical and wants to defend. He wants the opponent’s best player. And offensively, he’s just very productive.” - Auburn coach Bruce Pearl