Bad puns on this big guy's name are inevitable, so let's go ahead and get it out of the way: Goodluck was very badluck for opponents this summer.
But while that phrase reads like something you might read from a fortune cookie, the truth is that Goodluck Okonoboh's game easily overshadows his unique name.
One look and you can tell he possesses the capability. Okonoboh is tall, long and sinewy, clearly not lead-footed and a player with a body type to suggest quickness and agility.
He's not the only one bearing those physical credentials, however, and that's where his dedication and timing factor in. He relentlessly challenges most everything inside and even some perimeter jump shots, and he has a knack for anticipating an opponent's release point.
He picks plenty of shots clean out of the air, but he also packs foes before their shot surpasses eye level. And those are the blocks that most frequently become loose balls that lead to transition opportunities the other way.
Okonoboh also is stronger than he looks. Even when challenged by beefier, skilled big men, his lean strength enables him to hold his ground and maintain balance in order to challenge the shot. He doesn't always succeed, but no one enjoys having to score against him one-on-one.
And like all noteworthy shotblockers, Okonoboh excels at weakside help. His exquisite anticipation extends beyond shooters' tendencies but also to passers, and thus he's tremendous at shutting down drive-and-dish. College teams that rely upon funneling help defenses are ideally situated to benefit from someone possessing his talents.
His scoring comes and goes. He enjoyed some big moments at the Adidas Invitational earlier this month, but he struggled offensively at times in Las Vegas. That said, his defensive work is a constant and makes him a legitimate blue-chip man in a class that lacks an abundance of those prospects.