Josh Okogie to Remain in NBA Draft

THE FLATS – Georgia Tech sophomore Josh Okogie will keep his name in the pool for the NBA Draft and will forego his final two seasons of eligibility with the Yellow Jackets, Okogie and head coach Josh Pastner announced Monday.

The 6-4 guard from Snellville, Ga., who earned third-team All-Atlantic Coast Conference honors in 2017-18 and made the conference all-freshman team in 2016-17, previously submitted his application to the NBA Undergraduate Advisory Committee and to the NBA in March, participated in workouts and interviews with NBA teams and attended the NBA Draft Combine last week in Chicago, where he tested and performed well.

“Josh is a tremendous young man and an excellent student-athlete,” said Pastner. “He has set a tremendous example, making the Dean’s List this past semester, and deserves a lot of credit for making himself a much better player over the course of his two years here. We will miss him in our program in many respects, from his performance on the court to the energy he plays with and brought to our team. We fully support his decision to take this next step, and wish him all the best.”

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Okogie ranked fourth in the ACC at 18.2 points per game as a sophomore, and averaged 16.9 points over his two seasons with the Yellow Jackets. He surpassed 1,000 career points, one of six Tech players ever to do so before the end of their sophomore years.

“I’d like to thank God, my family, my friends and my teammates, the coaching staff and the entire Georgia Tech community for their support over the last two years. I’ll forever be a Georgia Tech Yellow Jacket,” said Okogie, who also was a member of the USA Basketball U19 team last summer. “This has been a tremendous learning experience, and I’m excited about my future.”

Okogie becomes the 12th Georgia Tech player to become an early entry into the NBA Draft. The NBA’s deadline for withdrawal from the draft is June 11, and the draft will be held June 21 in New York.

Georgia Tech’s men’s basketball team is beginning its third year under head coach Josh Pastner. Tech has been a member of the Atlantic Coast Conference since 1979, won three ACC Championships (1985, 1990, 1993), played in the NCAA Tournament 16 times and played in two Final Fours (1990, 2004). Connect with Georgia Tech Men’s Basketball on social media by liking their Facebook Page, or following on Twitter (@GTMBB) and Instagram.

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