With Tech’s roster makeup still to be finalized, Pastner is excited about the Yellow Jackets’ young players
Tech sophomore Josh Okogie has a lot to consider and a lot to learn over the next several weeks
Tech sophomore, third-team All-ACC in 2018, will not hire an agent
All-ACC hopeful Okogie made a sacrifice to man the point when teammate Alvarado went down
Sophomore Josh Okogie is working harder than ever with more than ever to prove
Photos from Georgia Tech men's basketball vs. Wake Forest - Saturday, March 3, 2018
Georgia Tech vs. Clemson (USATSI) Men's Basketball
Photos from Georgia Tech men's basketball vs. Virginia Tech - Saturday Feb. 17, 2018
Georgia Tech @ Wake Forest
Georgia Tech vs. Duke (USATSI) Men's Basketball
AJC: 9 things to know about Josh Okogie's national-team experience
Topped a stellar freshman campaign by making the All-Atlantic Coast Conference third team as a sophomore ... Has already accumulated 1,033 points in his career, most by a Tech sophomore since Matt Harpring finished his sophomore season (1995-96 season) with 1,021 ... Sits in 43rd place on Tech's all-time scoring list ... Versatile perimeter player with the length, athletic ability and basketball IQ enable him to compete at all three perimeter positions ... Impacts the game at both ends of the court and is a multi-dimensional offensive threat, able to create scoring opportunities for himself and teammate ... Has scored in double digits in 38 of his last 40 games and 54 times in 61 career games ... Scored 20 or more 20 times (13 times in ACC games), 30 or more three times in his career.
2017-18 - Game-by-Game Statistics
Named third-team All-Atlantic Coast Conference on the official team, honorable mention by the Atlantic Coast Sports Media Association ... Preseason All-Atlantic Coast Conference selection who missed the first six regular-season games due to an NCAA violation, but was sidelined for eight games altogether due to a dislocated left index finger he suffered in the Jackets' exhibition game against Georgia State ... Scoring average of 18.2 per game ranked fourth in the ACC and was the highest for any Tech player since Matt Harpring finished the 1997-98 season at 21.6, and was the highest for any Tech sophomore since Harpring posted 18.6 points per game in 1995-96 (Kenny Anderson scored 25.9 points per game in 1990-91 season) ... Rich Yunkus (24.1 in 1968-69) and Dennis Scott (20.3 in 1988-89) are the only other Tech sophomores to average 20 or more ... Averaged 18.2 points in ACC games (ranks fifth), scoring 20 or more points seven times ... Scored in double figures in 22 of his 24 games on the season, missing only against Virginia (nine points on Jan. 18, seven on Feb. 21) ... Scored 30 in Tech's win over No. 15 Miami on Jan. 3, 29 vs. Duke on Feb. 1 ... Best in the ACC at getting to the free throw line (6.8 FTA per game) and converted 82.1 percent on a team-high 162 attempts ... Ranked 10th in percentage ... Averaged 6.7 rebounds in ACC play, third-best for an ACC guard, and only one player ahead of him was shorter than his 6-4 height (Ky Bowman of Boston College) ... Grabbed career-best 16 at Florida State, most ever by a Tech guard in an ACC game.
USA Basketball: Earned an invitation to training camp for the 2017 USA Basketball U19 team and made the 12-man squad that competed in the FIBA U19 World Cup in Cairo, Egypt ... Averaged 13.4 minutes, 4.6 points and 4.6 rebounds in seven games at the World Cup ... Best game was a 17-point, 10-rebound performance in a pool play victory over Angola.
2016-17 - Game-by-Game Statistics
ACC All-Freshman team choice who ranked third among ACC first-year players in scoring at 16.1 points per game ... Recorded the fifth-highest scoring average for a freshman in Tech history ... His 596 total points for the season were the third most by a Tech freshman in program history ... Led Tech in scoring in NIT games (19.8 ppg), hitting 46.5 percent from the floor ... Also averaged 7.4 rebounds per game with 14 total assists and just six turnovers ... Game-high 26 at Ole Miss and 22 vs. CSU Bakersfield ... Named to the NIT all-tournament team ... Ranked 15th in the ACC in scoring average, with 32 double-figure scoring games ... Team's third-leading rebounder (5.4 per game, four double-figure games) ... In ACC games, he averaged 17.1 points (13th best in the ACC) and 5.9 rebounds, shot 48.1 percent from the floor and 42.9 percent from three-point range ... Reached double digits in every ACC game but one ... Did not reach double figures vs. Notre Dame (Jan. 28) but scored the game-winning basket on a transition layup just before the final horn ... Scored in double digits in 16 straight after that through the end of the season ... Scored 20-plus five times in ACC games, including a 35-point effort (10-18 FG, 14-17 FT) against Florida State ... Snared career-high 14 rebounds for his first career double-double ... Also had five assists, making him the first ACC player to get 30/10/5 in a game since 2009 ... Became the third Tech freshman to score 30-plus twice or more in a season ... Kenny Anderson did it four times in 1989-90, Mark Price twice in 1982-83 ... Scored 27 in a win at NC State (10-of-18 FG, 3-0f-3 on 3s, 4-of-6 on FT) ... Scored 26 in his ACC debut, Tech's upset win over No. 9 North Carolina (15 points in the second half, 11-for-13 from the free throw line) ... Scored 23 points in a loss at Wake Forest (11-13 FT) with four assists, and 25 in the return match with NC State (11-17 FG) ... Set a Tech freshman record with 38 points against Tulane in November, hitting 12-of-20 from the floor and 13-for-18 from the foul line ... Was named ACC Rookie of the Week four times ... Set Tech freshman records for free throws made (180) and attempted (241) and made 74.7 percent ... Third in the ACC in FT attempts per game (6.5 in all games, 7.4 in NIT games) ... Also had 61 assists, 27 blocks and a team-high 48 steals.
Rated a three-star prospect by both Rivals and Scout ... 247sports.com tabbed the senior as the state's fourth-best player while Rivals ranked him among the country's top 150 players ... A three-year starter at Shiloh High School who led the Generals' to a 28-4 mark and the program's first-ever state semi-final appearance as a junior, then to a 24-6 record and the Region 8-AAAAAA championship as a senior ... Averaged 13 points in three playoff games ... Named the Gwinnett Daily Post's Player of the Year as a junior and a senior, and was named first-team All-State by the Atlanta Journal-Constitution and the Atlanta Tip-Off Club in 2016 ... Honor roll student who graduated with a 3.8 GPA ... Played on the national AAU circuit with CP3.
Full name is Joshua Aloiye Okogie (pronounced "oh-KO-gee" with a hard G) ... Born September 1, 1998 in Lagos, Nigeria ... Son of Pius and Anthonia Okogie ... Fourth of five children ranging from 11 to 30 years old ... Tried out basketball just for fun at age 8 ... Majoring in business administration.