J.P. Tokoto: 2015 Draft Prospect
College: North Carolina
2014-2015 Season Stats
Courtesy of North Carolina Athletics
Had 722 points (6.7), 469 rebounds (4.4), 292 assists and 128 steals in 107 games • Scored in double figures 33 times • Improved his free throw percentage from .476 through his first two years to 61.5 percent as a junior (.544 for three seasons) • Made 12 of his 21 career 3FGs in 2014-15.
JUNIOR SEASON (2014-15)
Ranked sixth in the ACC in assists, eighth in assist-turnover ratio (1.9) and ninth in steals • Was the only forward to rank among the top 10 in the ACC in assists • One of four players in the ACC ranked in the top 10 in both assists and steals and the only one of the four that was not a point guard • Second on UNC with 163 assists and 56 steals • Led outright or shared the team lead in assists 20 times • Had five or more assists 15 times with a high of 10 against Robert Morris (five or more in eight of the last 15 games) • Third on the team in rebounding • Grabbed at least six rebounds in 12 of the last 14 games • Tar Heels went 11-4 when he scored in double figures • Was second on the team in getting to the free throw line with 117 attempts • Had a team-high 85 turnovers with single-game highs of six four different times • Had more assists than turnovers in 13 of the last 16 games – and was even in the other three contests • Had 73 assists and 27 turnovers in those 16 games • Was second on the team in minutes played with 29.1 per game • Made five three-pointers since the start of ACC play • Carolina’s leading rebounder over the four ACC Tournament games at 6.8 per game • Shot 50 percent from the floor (8 of 16) and had 19 assists, eight turnovers (five in one game), three blocks and five steals in the ACC Tournament • Averaged 8.0 points, 5.3 rebounds and a team-high 5.0 assists in the NCAA Tournament.
Game Highlights: Had 13 points, eight assists, two steals and no turnovers vs. Arkansas • Was his highest assist game without a turnover in his career and the third time he had eight or more assists • Grabbed a defensive rebound with 30 seconds to play in a tie game and pitched the ball ahead to Marcus Paige who converted a 2-on-1 break by sending a bounce pass to Justin Jackson for the winning basket vs. Harvard • Hit a three-pointer vs. Harvard, the second straight game with a 3FG (first time he made threes in consecutive games since November) • Had seven assists, six rebounds, four steals and only one turnover in the ACC championship game vs. Notre Dame • Made a three-pointer vs. the Irish, his first since 1/26 vs. Syracuse • Solid all-around performance vs. Boston College as he grabbed a game-high nine rebounds, had four assists and a season-high three blocked shots without a turnover and helped limit first-team All-ACC guard Olivier Hanlan to 5 of 19 FG • Carolina’s defensive player of the game (second of the season) in the win at Miami and recorded his third double-double this year with 10 points, 10 rebounds, six assists and four steals • His four steals led to seven UNC points • Had five of his six assists in the second half as the Tar Heels outscored the Canes, 41-34 (his five assists matched UM’s total for the half) • Had 12 points, six boards and five assists and a memorable coast-to-coast slam vs. Georgia Tech on 2/21 • Stellar all-around game at Duke with 15 points, eight rebounds (four offensive), seven assists, no turnovers, two blocks and three steals in 37 minutes • Was 7 for 15 from the floor at Duke, the most field goal attempts he has taken in his career (15 total in the three previous games) • Had five assists and no turnovers and made a career-high seven free throw in eight attempts at BC • Did not start at BC for the first time since the UCLA game on 11/27 • Did not register a field goal against Virginia (finished with one point, one rebound, three assists and no turnovers), the first time since late in his freshman year that he did not score a field goal • Had 11 points and 11 rebounds, including four offensive, at Louisville, but also equaled his career high with six turnovers (second straight game with six) • Carolina’s defensive player of the game in win at NC State as he helped limit State’s Trevor Lacey to 4-13 FG • Had five assists and scored on a three-point play as part of a 10-0 UNC run • Had five assists and no turnovers in home win over Louisville • Game-high seven assists in the win at Clemson (assists on UNC’s first four baskets in second half) • 19 points and 10 rebounds against William and Mary • Tied his season scoring high and set his season rebounding high • Had five of his team-high six assists in the first half in the win over Ohio State • Season-high 19 points and eight assists against East Carolina • Went a career-best 5 for 5 from the free throw line against the Pirates • Terrific first-half vs. Iowa with seven points, five rebounds, three assists and three steals • Made nine three-pointers in his first 73 college games, then hit four (two in each) back-to-back games against UCLA and Florida • Had 10 points, three assists and four steals in win over UCLA and hit a pair of three-pointers, the first time in his career he made multiple threes in one game • Had 10 assists against Robert Morris, the first time a UNC forward had 10 assists in a game since Jason Capel against Buffalo on 12/17/2000.
SOPHOMORE SEASON (2013-14)
Earned ACC All-Defensive team honors from both the media and the league's head coaches • Led UNC in steals (55), was second in assists (103), fourth in rebounding (5.8) and fifth in scoring (9.3) • Tied for second in the ACC in steals in conference play and was fifth in all games • Grabbed 132 defensive rebounds, which tied for second and were just eight off the team lead • Scored in double figures 16 times (eight in ACC play) and has three double-doubles (against Michigan State, Davidson and NC State) • Scored in double figures in seven of the last 10 games • Made 51 for 96 from the floor (.531) in the last 12 games • Season scoring high of 22 against Davidson and ACC scoring high of 16 at NC State • Handed out 49 assists in the last 13 games (3.8) • Had five or more assists eight times • Led UNC in assists in 10 games, second only to Marcus Paige • Had more assists than turnovers 21 times, including each of the last eight games (31 assists, eight turnovers in those eight games) • Made eight three-pointers (had one as a freshman) • Had multiple steals in 15 games with three or more seven times • Shot .519 FG/.582 FT in UNC's 24 wins and .418 FG/.323 FT in the 10 losses.
Was 9 for 14 from the floor in the two NCAA Tournament games • Had 11 points and six rebounds against Iowa State • Three-point play with 2:20 to play tied the game at 74-74 in the win over Providence • Scored 10 points, tied his career high with six assists and had three steals (that led to five UNC points) against the Friars • Was the fourth time in the last seven games he led the Tar Heels in assists.
ACC Highlights: Went 5 for 5 from the floor including a jumper from the left elbow with 90 seconds to play in UNC's 63-61 win over Notre Dame • Solid all-around effort at Virginia Tech with 12 points, seven rebounds, three assists, two steals and only one turnover in 32 minutes • Spectacular dunk in the first half, but it was his three-pointer with 11:55 to play that broke a 36-all tie, the last time the Hokies were even • Tremendous perfomance in the win at NC State with 16 points, 10 rebounds, five assists and one turnover in 33 minutes • Made 7 of 11 shots from the floor against the Wolfpack • Scored six points in a three-minute span late in regulation that gave UNC its first lead since the opening minutes of the game • Had 11 points and five assists with no turnovers in win over Wake Forest • Nine points, seven rebounds and two steals in win over Duke • Had 10 points and five assists in win at Florida State • Picked up a loose ball and dunked it with 2:36 to play to give UNC a 72-69 lead over the Noles • Played solid defense against Pitt's Lamar Patterson, helping to limit the Panthers' standout wing to 5 of 15 from the floor • Very active game at Notre Dame as he scored 13 points on 6 of 13 shooting from the floor with seven rebounds and four steals • Scored nine of his 13 in the first half as he kept UNC close when ND was making early threes • Made only one field goal but had nine rebounds, four steals and tied his career-high with six assists vs. Maryland • Four assists and seven rebounds in win over Clemson • Career-high six assists plus 14 points, five rebounds and three steals in win over Boston College • Had 12 points, nine rebounds and three blocks in loss at Wake Forest.
Pre-ACC Highlights: Posted career highs with eight field goals, five free throws, 22 points, 11 rebounds, four blocks and five steals in overtime win over Davidson• Made 7 of 10 field goals and had 15 points in win over Kentucky First career double-double with 12 points and career-high 10 rebounds in win at #1 Michigan State Scored six straight points midway through the second half to help UNC gain an eight-point lead and take control of the game Scored 16 points on 7 of 11 shooting from the floor at UAB Grabbed nine rebounds against Belmont Then career-highs in points (13, all in the first half), assists (five) and steals (tied, 5) in first college start against Oakland Was 5 for 11 from the floor, including 5 of 6 in the opening half Played 30 minutes against the Grizzlies, 11 more than any game as a freshman.
FRESHMAN SEASON (2012-13)
Averaged 2.6 points and 1.7 rebounds • Did not play against Florida State on March 3rd due to a bruised right wrist • Matched his season high with 10 points and set a season high with three assists at NC State • Scored an ACC-best eight points and had four rebounds and two assists in home win over Georgia Tech • Had a pair of assists and steals in home win over Maryland • Had two assists and a steal in the win at Florida State • Season-high four steals in just 12 minutes at home against Miami • Had a pair of assists and a steal in win over UNLV • Played a season-high 19 minutes at Texas and had a season-high six rebounds • Scored a season-high 10 points and pulled down five rebounds against East Carolina as he went 5 for 5 from the floor against the Pirates • Scored a then-season-high nine points and had four rebounds and two steals in the win over East Tennessee State • Made his college debut against Gardner-Webb and scored six points • Grabbed four rebounds, hit his first three-pointer and had a pair of assists against Chaminade • Had five points and two steals at Indiana against the top-ranked Hoosiers.
Played for coach Dan Leffel at Menomonee Falls High School • Three-time first-team all-state selection • Two-time team captain • Averaged 24.6 points, 11.5 rebounds, 3.5 assists and 2.6 steals as a senior • Set a dozen school records, including career scoring (mark that had been held for the previous 19 seasons), rebounding and steals • Career stats included 1,737 points and 1,014 rebounds • Set the school’s single-game record with 48 points against Catholic Memorial • Averaged 21.2 points, 13.2 rebounds, 3.2 steals and 2.1 assists as a junior and earned Greater Metro Conference Player of the Year honors • Won the 2012 American Family Insurance Slam Dunk contest in New Orleans.
Born Jean-Pierre Tokoto in Rockford, Ill. • Birthday is September 15 • His parents are Trevor and Laurence Trimble • Played soccer until age 13, when he first began to play basketball • His grandfather, J.P. Tokoto, played for the Cameroon national soccer team • Majoring in exercise and sport science in the sport administration program • Last name is pronounced TOE-kuh-toe.