Josh Okogie Makes It Three For GT Basketball

Georgia Tech picked up its third commitment for the Class of 2016, and the second one from a metro Atlanta standout, when Josh Okogie of Shiloh High School in Snellville, Ga., announced his verbal pledge to the Yellow Jackets on Tuesday.

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Georgia Tech picked up its third commitment for the Class of 2016, and the second one from a metro Atlanta standout, when Josh Okogie of Shiloh High School in Snellville, Ga., announced his verbal pledge to the Yellow Jackets on Tuesday.

The 6-foot-5, 185-pound wing chose the Yellow Jackets over his other finalists Tennessee and Kansas State, and said his official visit to the Tech campus earlier this month turned out to be the clincher.

"I think that really put (the decision) over the top," said Okogie, who also held offers from East Carolina and Tulsa. "It showed me both the educational aspect of the school, as well as the basketball aspect. I think (Georgia Tech) is giving me the whole package when it comes to basketball and academics.

"I just bonded with the coaches, the players. … Plus, it's the ACC. I don't think you get any better that — playing Duke and North Carolina every night."

The 6-foot-5, 185-pound wing has been a major impact player since first moving into Shiloh's starting line-up as a senior.

He was named second-team All-County by the Gwinnett Daily Post that season by averaging 19 points, six rebounds, two assists and two steals per game in helping Shiloh to a Region 8-AAAAAA championship and a berth in the second round of the Class AAAAAA state tournament.

It was also that season in which Tech coaching staff began to take notice, and Okogie said he appreciated the early interest.

"It started off with (associate head) Coach (Chad) Dollar," Okogie said. "But really, it was really Brian Gregory, the head coach."

Last season, Okogie took his game to an even higher level, earning the Daily Post's Boys Player of the Year honors by posting 21 points, seven rebounds, three assists and three steals per game in helping the Generals to another region title and the program's first berth in the state Final Four.

His final game of last high school season came in Tech's McCamish Pavilion, a locale in which the conversation with Gregory that eventually swayed Okogie took place.

"I just remember sitting down in the coliseum, just me and Coach Gregory, and I remember him saying to me, 'Some players are recruited to be just (a) player.' He said he recruited me to make a difference," Okogie said. "I said, 'That's what I'm coming to (Tech) to do — to change the program.”

Okogie joins a group of three commits that could make a big impact for the Tech program, including Maryland wing Christian Matthews and former Peachtree Ridge power forward Romello White, who will play for defending state champion Wheeler this season after transferring there early in the school year.


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