2020 NBA Draft Profile: Isaac Okoro
6’6 | SF | 19.2 | Auburn | FR
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.
- Possessing an impressive combination of length and strength, Okoro is a gifted athlete with the explosiveness to completement his 6’6, 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.
- Doing a little bit of everything offensively, Okoro established himself as a versatile weapon this season. Even so, near-two thirds of his offensive came in spot up and transition situations. Scoring 1.194 points per transition possession [80th percentile], many of his best moments came in the open floor where he filled lanes, freight-trained his way to the rim pushing the ball himself, and displayed terrific body control and explosiveness as a finisher.
- Scoring 0.900 points per spot up possession [56th percentile], Okoro had some ups and downs as a floor spacer, but began making set shots more consistently as the year wore on. He may not have the softest touch, but his mechanics are fairly sound and he proved reliable in space helping him keep defenders honest.
- Flashing the ability to get downhill and power his way to the rim out of pick and rolls, bully smaller wings in the post, and staying active off the ball, Okoro displayed a budding ability to create his own shot inside. Scoring 1.368 points per shot around the rim in the half court [89th percentile], he is a powerful leaper who is adept at intiating contact to create angles when he does not have a free run to the rim—part of the reason he attempted very few pull-up jumpers last season.
- Making some hustle plays and using his ability to power his way to spots to create shots for others, Okoro did not carry an especially heavy offensive burden, but was very efficient in a role that it is easy to envision he playing at the next level.
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- 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.