Josh Okogie Continues World Cup Play With Hot Hand From Deep
The story of Josh Okogie’s first two games in FIBA World Cup play for Nigeria had been his scoring.
Okogie scored 18 points in both games and shot a combined 6-for-12 from the 3-point line.
While we didn’t see the same scoring from Okogie in Wednesday morning’s 108-66 win over Korea, he continued to look good from the 3-point line. Okogie finished with just six points in the game, but they all came from the 3-point line on just three attempts.
Okogie also added five assists, four steals, three rebounds and one block.
Nigeria has been eliminated from World Cup play, but it’s been a huge growing opportunity for the 21-year-old shooting guard. Nigeria will now play for places 17-32.
Okogie shot 8-for-15 (53.3 percent) from the 3-point line in three World Cup games. Small sample size, sure, but certainly something to look forward to and something the Wolves are optimistic about.
He finished World Cup First Stage play averaging 14 points, 4.7 assists, 2.7 rebounds, 2.7 steals and 1.3 blocks in just 22.7 minutes per game. He shot 46.2 percent from the field, 53.3 percent from the 3-point line and 83.3 percent from the free-throw line.
Okogie didn’t lack energy or effort in his rookie season, and that continued in World Cup play with his steals and blocks. But his shooting and assist numbers are what’s most impressive. Okogie shot just 38.6 percent from the field, 27.9 percent from the 3-point line and 72.8 percent from the 3-point line in his rookie season. Again, this is a small sample size, but it’s promising. As is his playmaking ability after averaging just 1.2 assists per game in just about the same about of minutes per contest during his rookie season.
We'll continue to update you on Okogie's performances in China throughout the FIBA World Cup.