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Georgia Tech #ProJackets Basketball Report

THE FLATSJosh Okogie re-signs with the Suns for two years … Thaddeus Young remains with Raptors, who guarantee salary for 2023-24 … four former Jackets playing in NBA Summer League … more in this week’s #ProJackets Report.



The Phoenix Suns and guard Josh Okogie have agreed to terms on a two-year deal, per Bleacher Report’s Chris Haynes.

The terms of the new contract were not disclosed by Haynes.

The 24-year-old averaged 7.3 points on 39.1% shooting and 33.5% from long range to go along with 3.5 rebounds and 1.5 assists across 72 games played (26 starts) after coming to Phoenix from the Minnesota Timberwolves as a free agent last year.

He signed a one-year, $2 million deal on a veteran’s minimum contract.

Despite only playing 18.8 minutes per game in the regular season, he did see an increase during the first round of the playoffs last season, playing 20 minutes per contest against the Los Angeles Clippers. His time on the court regressed following the round behind 15 minutes per contest across five games played against the Denver Nuggets.

Josh Okogie’s return is something of a surprise. He’s likely worth near the full mid-level exception on the open market, but chose to return to the Suns for the vet minimum. Some of this may be loyalty to the club after they gave him a real shot after picking him up on a minimum contract as an unrestricted free agent from Minnesota.

Okogie is one of the best perimeter defenders in the NBA and one of the best rebounders and shot blockers for his position. He generates a ton of steals and deflections and can do all of this at three positions. Okogie is only 24 and could still bring his shooting up from last year’s 33.5%. His value during a championship run depends on this. If he somehow manages to bring his 3-point percentage into the upper 30s, this becomes an A+.



Veteran forward Thaddeus Young got good news on Friday when the Raptors opted to keep him on their roster rather than waiving him. Because he’s still under contract, Young’s $8MM salary for the 2023/24 season has become fully guaranteed, league sources tell Michael Scotto of HoopsHype (Twitter link). It was previously only partially guaranteed for $1MM.

Young didn’t initially look like a great bet to earn that full $8MM, since Toronto was facing a cap crunch and he didn’t play a major role in 2022/23. The 35-year-old, who appeared in 54 games for the Raptors last season, averaged just 4.4 points and 3.1 rebounds in 14.7 minutes per night — all three numbers were career lows.

However, the Raptors gained significant cap flexibility when Fred VanVleet opted to leave Toronto for Houston in free agency. With no risk of surpassing the luxury tax threshold, the team opted to hang onto Young, whose expiring salary could come in handy in a trade at some point during the 2023/24 league year.

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While he did not get drafted, former Georgia Tech Yellow Jacket Ja’von Franklin finds himself in a favorable situation to start his NBA career, playing for the Miami Heat in the NBA’s Summer League this year. The Heat made their second NBA Finals appearance in four years and lost in five games to the Denver Nuggets.

Meanwhile, Jordan Usher landed a spot on the Phoenix Suns’ summer league roster following a successful first professional season in Turkey. Teammates Michael Devoe, who played for the Los Angeles Clippers’ G League team last season, and Moses Wright, who enjoyed a solid season in the Chinese Basketball Association, are competing in the NBA Summer League for Portland and Toronto, respectively.

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Charles Mitchell (6’8”-F/C-1993, played in 2014-16, plays pro in Uruguay) led Urunday to a victory over the league outsider Verdirrojo (0-6) 79-67 in a derby game in the Uruguayan Metropolitan (second division) on Tuesday night. He was MVP of the game. Mitchell scored 22 points, had 9 rebounds and made 3 blocks in 27 minutes. Urunday Universitario Montevideo (5-1) is placed second in the Metropolitan. It was his team’s third consecutive victory in a row. There are only two games left until the end of the Regular Season. So now every game will be critical. Mitchell has relatively good stats this season 15.0ppg, 10.5rpg, 1.8apg and 1.8bpg.

Robert Sampson (6’8”-F-1992, played in 2013-13, plays in Vietnam) was the major contributor in a Nhatrang Dolphins’ victory against the league outsider Dragons (0-6) 88-77 in the Vietnamese VBA in Wednesday night’s game. He had a double-double by scoring 21 points and getting 12 rebounds. Sampson also added 4 blocks. Nhatrang Dolphins (4-2) is placed second in the VBA. The Regular Season already ended. Sampson has individually a very good year with high stats. He averages 22.3ppg, 17.0rpg, 2.3apg, 1.7bpg and 1.7spg in six games he played so far. Sampson is a former Eurobasket Summer League player, which is considered top summer league for players who want to play basketball overseas..

Other former Georgia Institute of Technology players, who play in pro basketball:

  • Ben Lammers (6’10”-C-1995, played in 2014-18) plays for ALBA Berlin in German BBL
  • Adam Smith (6’1”-PG-1992, played in 2015-16) plays for Bilbao in Spanish Liga Endesa
  • Josh Okogie (6’4”-G-1998, played in 2016-18) plays for Phoenix Suns in the NBA
  • Thaddeus Young (6’8”-F-1988, played in 2006-07) plays for Toronto Raptors in the NBA
  • Jose Alvarado (6’0”-PG-1998, played in 2017-16) plays for New Orleans Pelicans in the NBA
  • Jordan Usher (6’7”-SF-1999, played in 2019-22) played for Besiktas Emlakjet Istanbul in Turkish BSL
  • Avi Schafer (6’8”-C-1998, played in 2017-19) played for SeaHorses Mikawa in Japanese B1 League
  • Moses Wright (6’9”-F-1998, played in 2017-21) played for Zhejiang Golden Bulls in Chinese CBA
  • Joshua Heath (6’1”-PG-1994, played in 2014-17) played for Stella Artois Leuven Bears in Belgian Pro Basketball League
  • James Banks III (6’10”-F/C-1998, played in 2018-20) played for Texas Legends in the NBA G League
  • Trae Golden (6’3”-PG-1991, played in 2013-14) played for Beijing Royal Fighters in Chinese CBA
  • Brandon Alston (6’5”-G-1995, played in 2017-19) played for Batumi in Georgian Superleague
  • Anthony McHenry (6’8”-SF-1983, played in 2001-05) played for Shinshu BW in Japanese B1 League
  • Marcus Georges-Hunt (6’5”-F-1994, played in 2012-16) played for Kuwait in Kuwaiti D1
  • Tadric Jackson (6’2”-G-1994, played in 2014-18) plays for Atlanta Aliens in the ABA
  • Evan Jester (6’7”-F-1999, played in 2017-19) plays for Atlanta Aliens in the ABA
  • Abdoulaye Gueye (6’9”-C-1994, played in 2014-15) signed for in Turkish TBL
  • Glen Rice Jr. (6’6”-F-1991, played in 2009-12) plays for Power in the Big3
  • Gani Lawal (6’9”-F/C-1988, played in 2007-10) played for Runa Basket in Russian Superleague 1
  • Michael Devoe (6’5”-G-1999, played in 2018-22) played for Ontario Clippers in the NBA G League

The list above includes only some of alumni playing currently in pro basketball. Check complete list of Georgia Tech basketball alumni.

#ProJackets in the NBA/G League 2023-24

Team: New Orleans Pelicans
Number: 15
NBA Experience: 3rd year
Years at Georgia Tech: 2017-21
Hometown: Brooklyn, N.Y.
Status: Active
6-0, 179 lbs
2023-24 Stats
6.9 ppg
2.2 rpg
1.8 apg
41.8% FG
Record: 33-22
Standing: 6th place, -6.0 GB
Streak: W2
Last 10: 7-3
Team: Maine Celtics
Number: 5
G League Experience: 3rd year
Years at Georgia Tech: 2018-20
Hometown: Atlanta, Ga.
Status: Active
6-10, 250 lbs
2023-24 Stats
6.1 ppg
6.6 rpg
1.8 bpg
48.4% FG
Record: 11-9
Standing: 7th place, -2.0 GB
Streak: W2
Last 10: 6-4
Team: Memphis Hustle
Number: 10
G League Experience: 2nd year
Years at Georgia Tech: 2017-21
Hometown: Orlando, Fla.
Status: Active
6-4, 183 lbs
2023-24 Stats
13.3 ppg
2.2 rpg
2.9 apg
52.0% FG
Record: 10-10
Standing: 10th, -5.0 GB
Streak: W1
Last 10: 6-4
Team: Windy City Bulls (G League)
Number: 14
NBA Experience: 12 seasons
Years at Georgia Tech: 2009-10
Hometown: Atlanta, Ga.
Status: Active
6-9, 265 lbs
2023-24 Stats
6.9 ppg
5.4 rpg
0.6 bpg
74.4% FG
Record: 6-12
Standing: 14th place, -6.0 GB
Streak: L1
Last 10: 4-6
Team: Phoenix Suns
Number: 2
NBA Experience: 5 seasons
Years at Georgia Tech: 2016-18
Hometown: Snellville, Ga.
Status: Active
6-4, 213 lbs
2023-24 Stats
5.0 ppg
2.8 rpg
1.1 apg
41.5% FG
Record: 33-22
Standing: 5th place, -6.0 GB
Streak: W2
Last 10: 7-3
Team: free agent
Number: tbd
NBA Experience: 16 seasons
Years at Georgia Tech: 2006-07
Hometown: Memphis, Tenn.
Status: Active
6-8, 235 lbs
2023-24 Stats
5.0 ppg
3.3 rpg
2.2 apg
62.1% FG
Record: 33-22
Standing: 5th place, -6.0 GB
Streak: W2
Last 10: 7-3



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