On Tuesday, Scout.com national analyst Josh Gershon and myself watched the gifted perimeter prospect score 17 points and reel in six rebounds in a blowout victory over local rival, Brea Olinda.
Okpala is among the more intriguing prospects in the 2017 class, as he's grown eight inches since the beginning of his sophomore year. Okpala, who plays exclusively on the perimeter, now stands 6-foot-8 and is equipped with wide shoulders and lengthy arms.
Against Brea Olinda, Okpala certainly showed flashes of why he's been a ranked prospect on Scout since before his junior season. He moves so fluidly for a prospect his size, has good athleticism and is equipped with good athleticism.
Okpala has good form on his jump shot with no wasted movement from his pocket into his release. The only gripe was the lack of lift he gets, which caused him to miss short multiple times. Okpala finished 1-for-5 from three against Brea Olinda. In time, Okpala should be a good threat from long-range. Okpala has a pretty versatile scoring attack, as he's skilled enough to attack defenders off the bounce.
The main area he'll need to focus on improving his consistency with his effort, as he didn't look dialed in against Brea Olinda, as well as his strength and ball handling.
All that said, Okpala has tremendous upside when you factor in his impressive physical gifts and potential on both ends of the floor.