Georgia Tech will have to find another player to run its offense through during the 2018-19 season.
Sophomore guard Josh Okogie announced Monday that he will forgo his final two years of collegiate eligibility and remain in the 2018 NBA Draft.
“I’m extremely humbled and grateful for this opportunity to fulfill my childhood dream,” Okogie tweeted. “I would like to thank God for the gifts he bestowed upon me and his guidance through this process. I would also like to thank my family and friends for their unwavering support throughout this journey.
“To Coach Pastner and the Georgia Tech men’s basketball staff thank you for believing in me and allowing me to represent Georgia Tech to the highest standard as a student athlete. To my teammates who have been there for me through thick and then. And last but not least to all the fans and everyone in the Georgia Tech community I want you to know I’m grateful for your support and I will forever bleed white & gold.”
— Josh Okogie (@CallMe_NonStop) May 21, 2018
Okogie’s decision comes a day after he wrapped up an impressive workout at the NBA combine. He posted the third-highest standing vertical leap (33 inches) and the best max vertical leap (42 inches) and three-quarter sprint (3.04 seconds) amongst all participants. Amongst guards, he also finished fourth in wingspan (7 feet) and fifth in the shuttle run (3.03 seconds).
The Snellville, Ga., native led Georgia Tech in scoring last season with 18.2 points per game. That mark was also fifth-most in the ACC. He also averaged 6.3 rebounds, 2.5 assists and 1.8 steals per game. He is one of only six GT players to record 1,000 career points before the end of their sophomore season.
The last Georgia Tech player to be drafted was Glen Rice Jr. back in 2013. Okogie would be the 46th player in Yellow Jacket history to be selected in the NBA draft.