“Going in, I know I’m not a first-round pick,” the Menomonee Falls, Wisc. native said in an interview with Yahoo Sports on Wednesday evening. “I know my jumper needs work, and I’m putting in that work now – and will keep doing it. My jumper is something that has me as a second-round pick right now, but I have a mindset of work to improve the form and range of my shot.”
Tokoto averaged 8.3 points and 5.6 rebounds this past season. He shot 42.8 percent from the field, including a 41.5 percent effort in ACC play (23.1 percent from 3). The 6-foot-6, 200-pound wing led or tied for the team lead in assists in 20 games in 2014-15.
UNC head coach Roy Williams released the following statement on Thursday morning: “J.P. and I have had multiple meetings since the end of the season, including one yesterday afternoon. He has made the decision to enter the NBA Draft at this time. We support J.P. in his decision and will continue to assist him as he pursues his dream of playing professional basketball. J.P. has made significant contributions to our program. My staff and I wish him great success as he moves forward.”
While Tokoto said he hasn't signed with an agent, he plans to remain in the draft past the deadline later this month.
The Tokoto family did not return calls from Inside Carolina over the past week.
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