A torn ACL suffered in the NCAA tournament stopped his rise short. He'd been trending upward, building his case with consistent three-point shooting and standout defensive versatility. Okeke might not be healthy enough to play next season, but before he went down, his potential fit in the pros was clear.
Weight: 230 lbs
Pro comparison: Robert Covington
At 6'8", 230 pounds, Okeke has a strong, mobile body. He scored mostly working off the ball as a spot-up shooter and cutter (87th percentile) and shot at least 38.0 percent from three for the second consecutive season. He also showed some ability to attack off the dribble. He wasn't a high-usage post player, but he converted 57.9 percent of his 38 post-up shots.
Okeke's ball skills and shot creativity are limited. He attempted just 3.3 free throws per 40 minutes, a reflection on his predictability with the ball. Okeke could also improve his finishing in crowds, having shot just 18-of-45 on rolls to the basket while making one runner all season. And after he went 4-of-24 on pull-up jumpers, the scouting report will alert defense to close out hard and run him off the three-point line.
Per 40 minutes, Okeke averaged 2.5 steals and 1.7 blocks. He anticipates and reacts quickly. He should add value as a help defender. Aside from the defensive playmaking, Okeke should also be able to guard each frontcourt spot while holding his own on switches in pick-and-roll coverage.
Rookie year projection
Okeke's torn ACL in March will presumably keep him out the entire season. He'll spend the year rehabbing and delaying his rookie season until 2020-21.
Projected role: Three-and-D starting role player
As long as Okeke's recovery goes smoothly, he should eventually fill a three-and-D role at the worst. His jump shot and defensive versatility are easy to buy and theoretically create a high floor. His ceiling could mean Okeke develops into Robert Covington 2.0—an elite role player who doesn't have to create to hold significant value.