Okpala, Scout’s 68th ranked prospect in the class, is a 6-foot-8, 185-pound small forward from Anaheim (Calif.) Esperanza.
What kind of player is Stanford getting in Okpala?
The four-star wing has grown almost 10 inches since the beginning of his high school career and has a significant upside given his talent level combined with the fact that he’s still at the beginning of his physical development.
He’s got good size, very long arms and a nice frame that will hold plenty of more weight in time. He has a decent jumper, is a very good and quickly improving ball handler and is comfortable taking opponents off the dribble and pulling up.
Okpala has a lot of strength to gain before he’s going to be able to consistently finish with contact, but he rebounds pretty well already and ultimately should be able to be a more efficient finisher.
He has a very good feel for the position and can really pass. He’s not strong enough to be a great defender, but gives effort and once he gets stronger, his size and length will help him on that end. Okpala already uses his feel and length to his advantage as a shot blocker.
It’s too early to know what kind of athlete Okpala will be once he hits his final height and gets stronger, but he’s above average now and ultimately should be fine.
For Stanford, given Okpala being a quality student with a significant upside, this was an important commitment.