Tokoto Has A Long Way To Go

LAS VEGAS, NV - The national spotlight has been on J.P. Tokoto for the last year. The Menomee Falls, Wisconsin native first burst on the scene last year after a strong spring and has never looked back. Now with schools from coast-to-coast recruiting the four-star small forward, the attention is growing even bigger. J.P. spoke to TDD out in Las Vegas.

In a loaded national class of 2012, Tokoto is rated as the 26th overall prospect and seventh best small forward according to Scout. J.P. is currently spending his summer playing with the Wisconsin Playground Warriors.

"It's been awesome. I've been playing with them since about a year and a half ago," Tokoto said of the Warriors. "It's fun playing with the guys that you love to play with. We've been playing well, moving the ball a lot, playing as a team, getting up and down. It's what we like to do as a team, run."

Tokoto has played well in the Las Vegas Fab 48 Tournament and has bounced back after having a rough go at the NBPA Top 100 Camp last month.

"(I needed to be) more aggressive," J.P. acknowledged. "I wasn't as assertive as I should have been at NBA Camp but at the same time we had guards that were coming off the screens and trying to shoot it instead of moving the ball."

While the performance wasn't his finest, Tokoto still has numerous scholarship offers and attention from high-major programs.

J.P. claims offers from Wisconsin, Marquette, Indiana, Minnesota, Iowa, Kansas, Kentucky, Texas, Florida, Arizona, North Carolina, Duke, Maryland, Miami and Tennessee.

Many of the best programs in the country are looking at Tokoto but a few of them are recruiting him harder than the rest.

"North Carolina, Wisconsin, Duke, Kansas. I'd say those guys (are on me the hardest)," Tokoto said.

So what is a typical phone call like with those schools?

"Most of the time its just 15 minutes about basketball and after that we just talk for an hour about life and stuff," Tokoto said. "'How things are going? How is the family?' Stuff like that. It's more personal. It's fun talking to coaches. When we do talk about basketball we talk about how I fit in with their program."

J.P. said he speaks with coaches with Duke regularly as well.

"I talk to Coach Krzyzewski and Coach Wojo," Tokoto said.

He also has a clear idea of what will factor in his collegiate decision and what he would like to study at his future school.

"We first look at educational programs. All the schools that have offered have great educational programs," Tokoto said. "Then we look at basketball and the history of basketball and the program and the future of who is coming into the program. I'm looking to go to school for business, entrepreneurship, something like that."

While early commitments and lists are popular among his peers J.P. is keeping all of his options open at the moment.

"(I don't have a list) right now, we're going to sit down and make a nice list by the end of next summer."


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