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After Paige, there has been no more consistently valuable player on the Tar Heels than J.P. Tokoto.
His overall season numbers don't jump off the page at you, but that is not his game.
He isn't a prolific shooter. What he does do well is take the ball to the basket and score in the paint. At 48.2 percent, his field-goal percentage is respectable, but it is buoyed greatly by his shot selection. With only eight made threes on the year, Tokoto reaches his 9.4 point per game average by getting close to the bucket.
According to hoop-math.com, a site that collects play-by-play statistics, Tokoto makes 75.4 percent of his shots at the rim, good for second on the team out of players playing at least seven minutes per game. The D-I average is 60.9 percent, and the fact that Tokoto is not a frontcourt player makes the figure all the more impressive.
Along with his efficient use of shots, Tokoto grabs 5.8 rebounds per game and is second on the team in assists. But his most useful skill is his defense.
By Sports-Reference's defensive rating metric, Tokoto is one of the 10 best defenders in the ACC. Because of style of play, coaching technique and the like, of the eight players ahead of him, five happen to play for the Virginia Cavaliers and three are members of the Clemson Tigers. So, for whatever this is worth, Tokoto is the best defender in the conference who isn't a student at UVA or Clemson.
Because of his all-around contributions and skills that don't show up in a normal box score, Tokoto has arguably been Carolina's second-best player all season.