Isaac Okoro – Auburn
Isaac Okoro, a 6 foot 6 inch wing freshman from Auburn, is easily the highest-ranked prospect across most boards to make this list. He will more than likely will be off the table by the end of the lottery, with Vecenie mentioning his range being anywhere from 4th to the end of the lottery.
Okoro has an NBA-ready build comparable to Jimmy Butler and is a ridiculous athlete while also being the most highly regarded wing defender in the 2020 draft class – though some would make the argument for Vassell.
He can pass the ball exceptionally well for a wing player, his handle is above average, the athleticism is on display in the above clip, and he is a forceful rebounder on the offensive glass. His IQ is exceptional on both ends of the floor, rarely making questionable decisions, but there is one glaring hole in his game – shooting.
Isaac Okoro shot just 28.6 percent from three on low volume and was regularly ignored by opposing defenses on the perimeter. In order for his playmaking and the rest of his offense to have a notable impact, he needs to become at minimum a respectable shooter – around 33 percent on 2 attempts per game could be enough. Think of an Andre Igoudala on offense, mainly making plays for others with the ball in his hands, which doesn’t fit great with Fox and Bagley.
Bruce Pearl, his head coach at Auburn, believes that Okoro’s well-documented work ethic will lead to him fixing the form of his jumper and also believes he can defend some of the quickest point guards in the NBA. I am more skeptical of his ability to stay in front of speedy guards, but Okoro has the strength to get away with some switches onto anything from the one to the four – though there are questions surrounding his short wingspan for a defensive stopper.