Double Pump: Alpha Okoli
One of the best parts of the July Evaluation Period is that it provides the opportunity for young players with no previous recruiting attention to prove themselves as legitimate D-I prospects. On Thursday afternoon at the Double Pump Summer Tip Off, Alpha Okoli did exactly that. Okoli is a 6-foot-4, 175-pound wing who sat out last season after transferring into Bellflower (Calif.) St. John Bosco. He was homeschooled as a freshman. The rising junior has the size, length and athleticism to guard the one through three at the next level and on Thursday, used his lateral quickness, motor and feel to do exactly that on the defensive end. Offensively, Okoli was best scoring as a slasher, but played unselfish basketball, displaying a high basketball IQ and making several impressive passes to teammates. He rebounded and played hard on both ends the entire game. "I attack the basket and can shoot," Okoli said. "I'm working on ball handling, shooting and being a better teammate." Okoli's game and upside speak for themselves, but another reason to be optimistic about him is the fact that he's over a full year young for the class; he's easily the youngest D-I prospect Scout has recorded in the 2017 class. Colleges haven't seen Okoli yet so he hasn't received any attention, but he watched a few schools growing up. "I grew up a fan of UCLA, USC and Arizona," Okoli said. "I like the way they play, that they're up and down and I like their coaches."
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