Joshua Aloiye Okogie (born September 1, 1998) is a Nigerian-American professional basketball player for the Minnesota Timberwolves of the National Basketball Association (NBA). As a 6'4" shooting guard, he was not ranked by ESPN in the recruiting class of 2016.[1]

Josh Okogie
Man with a beard and short black hair dribbles the basketball wearing a navy blue Timberwolves uniform, bright green shoes, a silver bracelet and a black elbow sleeve
Okogie in 2019
No. 20 – Minnesota Timberwolves
PositionShooting guard
LeagueNBA
Personal information
Born (1998-09-01) September 1, 1998 (age 21)
Lagos, Nigeria
NationalityNigerian / American
Listed height6 ft 4 in (1.93 m)
Listed weight213 lb (97 kg)
Career information
High schoolShiloh (Snellville, Georgia)
CollegeGeorgia Tech (2016–2018)
NBA draft2018 / Round: 1 / Pick: 20th overall
Selected by the Minnesota Timberwolves
Playing career2018–present
Career history
2018–presentMinnesota Timberwolves
Career highlights and awards
  • Third-team All-ACC (2018)
Stats at NBA.com
Stats at Basketball-Reference.com

College careerEdit

 
Okogie in 2016

As a freshman at Georgia Tech, Okogie averaged 16.1 points 5.4 rebounds per game and was named to the ACC All-Freshman Team.[2] He was a third team 2017–18 All-ACC selection as a sophomore.[3] As a sophomore, Okogie led Georgia Tech in scoring with 18.2 points per game. After the season he declared for the 2018 NBA Draft but did not hire an agent, thus leaving open the possibility of returning to school.[4] However, he confirmed his intentions on entering the NBA Draft on May 21.[5]

Professional careerEdit

Minnesota Timberwolves (2018–present)Edit

On June 21, 2018, the Minnesota Timberwolves drafted Okogie with the 20th overall pick in the 2018 NBA draft.[6] On July 2, 2018, he signed with the Timberwolves.[7] After Jimmy Butler was traded from Minnesota, Okogie entered the starting lineup, averaging nearly 22 minutes a game on the season. On January 29, 2019, he was named a member of the World Team for the 2019 Rising Stars Challenge.[8]

International careerEdit

Okogie plays for the Nigerian national basketball team, and participated in the 2019 FIBA Basketball World Cup.[9]

Career statisticsEdit

Legend
  GP Games played   GS  Games started  MPG  Minutes per game
 FG%  Field goal percentage  3P%  3-point field goal percentage  FT%  Free throw percentage
 RPG  Rebounds per game  APG  Assists per game  SPG  Steals per game
 BPG  Blocks per game  PPG  Points per game  Bold  Career high

NBAEdit

Regular seasonEdit

Year Team GP GS MPG FG% 3P% FT% RPG APG SPG BPG PPG
2018–19 Minnesota 74 52 23.7 .386 .279 .728 2.9 1.2 1.2 .4 7.7
Career 74 52 23.7 .386 .279 .728 2.9 1.2 1.2 .4 7.7

CollegeEdit

Year Team GP GS MPG FG% 3P% FT% RPG APG SPG BPG PPG
2016–17 Georgia Tech 37 37 30.8 .453 .384 .747 5.4 1.6 1.3 .7 16.1
2017–18 Georgia Tech 24 24 36.4 .416 .380 .821 6.3 2.5 1.8 1.0 18.2
Career 61 61 33.0 .437 .382 .777 5.8 2.0 1.5 .8 16.9

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "Josh Okogie, Shiloh , Shooting Guard". 247Sports. Retrieved April 2, 2018.
  2. ^ "Basketball: Pastner, Lammers, and Okogie Earn All-ACC Honors". From The Rumble Seat. Retrieved April 2, 2018.
  3. ^ "ACC Announces All-Conference Team, Postseason Awards". TheACC.com. March 4, 2018. Retrieved March 6, 2018.
  4. ^ "Georgia Tech' G Josh Okogie to enter NBA draft". ESPN. Associated Press. March 15, 2018. Retrieved April 2, 2018.
  5. ^ Bradley, Mark (May 21, 2018). "Josh Okogie is leaving Tech, which is bad news for Josh Pastner". The Atlanta Journal-Constitution. Retrieved June 22, 2018.
  6. ^ Sugiura, Ken (June 21, 2018). "Timberwolves draft Josh Okogie at No. 20". The Atlanta Journal-Constitution. Retrieved June 22, 2018.
  7. ^ "Timberwolves Sign Josh Okogie". NBA.com. July 2, 2018. Retrieved July 2, 2018.
  8. ^ "Doncic, Simmons headline Mtn Dew Ice Rising Stars rosters". NBA.com. January 29, 2019. Retrieved February 1, 2019.
  9. ^ Rafferty, Scott (August 31, 2019). "FIBA Basketball World Cup 2019: Scores and highlights from Day 1". Retrieved September 2, 2019.

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