In the lead-up to the NBA Draft on June 21, BSN Denver is taking an in-depth look at prospects the Nuggets might target in the first round. Each draft profile will be accompanied by a podcast available on BSNDenver.com and wherever you normally download your podcasts from. To submit questions for the podcast, reply in the comments section at the bottom of this story.

BSN Nuggets Podcast: Josh Okogie

THE BASICS

Josh Okogie — Shooting Guard — Georgia Tech

NBA Role: High-energy reserve who contributes everywhere

Player Comparison: A mix of Tony Allen and Aaron Afflalo

Few NBA prospects did more to help their stock than Josh Okogie at the Draft Combine last month in Chicago. The 6-foot-4 guard recorded the fastest three-quarter court sprint at the event (3.04 seconds) and tied Donte DiVincenzo for the best max vertical (42 inches). Not long after, Okogie decided to remain in the NBA Draft for good, which ended his college career after two seasons at Georgia Tech.

Athletic wings who contribute in multiple areas of the game are in high demand right now.

“That’s something the NBA is going towards,” Okogie said at his pre-draft workout with the Nuggets earlier this month. “Guys who are 6-foot-7 and guard all positions. Every workout you go to, you see kind of the same body type.”

Okogie isn’t quite that tall, but in college he showed the ability to make contributions everywhere. That versatility — a product of his athleticism and motor — is why most draft pundits consider Okogie a late first-round pick heading into the draft Thursday.

LOVES TO GET INSIDE BUT NOT A GREAT FINISHER

Not a Subscriber? Start FREE today!

Login for Subscribers

Christian Clark
Author

Christian Clark is an Arlington, Texas, native who covers the Denver Nuggets for BSN Denver. Education: I graduated from the Missouri School of Journalism in December 2014 with an emphasis in print and digital news. Career: My work has been featured in the Fort Worth-Star Telegram, The Oklahoman and Columbia Missourian, and online at TexasFootball.com and Denverite.com. I came aboard at BSN Denver in November. Most memorable sports moment: Game 2 of the 2011 NBA Finals. The finest sports book I’ve ever read: Friday Night Lights by Buzz Bissinger. One sports movie I can’t live without: Tin Cup, do not @ me Most memorable experience as a reporter: Covering the Missouri football team’s boycott in 2015. It led to University of Missouri system president Tim Wolfe’s resignation and had so many other ripple effects. The sport that started it all: Basketball. My sports-watching memories kick in with those early-2000s Dallas Mavericks teams. They had bad hair and scored a lot of points. Shout-out to Nellie Ball.