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Josh Okogie to remain in NBA Draft, forgo college eligibility

The sophomore guard will take his shot at the NBA a couple of seasons early.

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Sophomore guard Josh Okogie, a two-year starter for Josh Pastner’s Yellow Jackets, will remain in the NBA Draft and forgo his two remaining seasons of eligibility at Georgia Tech. The news comes two months after Okogie first opened the door to going pro, announcing his intentions to work out and interview with NBA teams while remaining eligible to return to college.

Okogie’s decision comes after his incredibly strong performance at the NBA Draft Combine last week. Among all participants at the combine, Okogie finish fourth in standing vertical leap at 33 inches, tied for first in max vertical leap at 42 inches, and first in the three quarter spring at 3.04 seconds. Perhaps his most impressive measurable ended up being a 7-foot wingspan, good for fourth among guards at the combine. Length like that is an asset-turn-necessity in today’s NBA, especially particularly considering the prevalence of defensive switching and the resulting expectation that a player be able to guard a number of positions.

In fact, Okogie’s showing at the combine and team workouts has guided his rise from fringe-draftee to a possible late-first round pick. With that in mind, there’s little doubt that this was the best decision for him to make. Okogie will get his shot at the NBA while his stock is at a peak and can always come back to Tech to finish his degree in the future, a path taken by a number of Tech greats over the years.

Okogie leaves the Flats as a 1,000-point scorer and the best player of the brief Josh Pastner era to date. Congratulations and best of luck in the NBA!