2019 NBA Draft Profile: Chuma Okeke
Chuma Okeke is a versatile forward who flashed the ability to do a little bit of everything and was in the midst of perhaps the best performance of his career in the Sweet Sixteen when he suffered a torn ACL. A consensus top-50 prospect in the high school class of 2017 out of Westlake High School, Okeke carved out a small but significant role under Bruce Pearl at Auburn as a freshman before blossoming this season averaging 12.2 points, 6.8 rebounds, and 1.9 steals per game as the Tigers won the SEC Tournament and advanced to the Final Four.
- Possesses solid size for a multi-positional forward listed at 6’8 in shoes with a strong 230-pound frame to go along with a 7’0 wingspan. Fluid athlete with good feet who can use long strides to get out in the open court and play above the rim impressively with a head of steam.
- Do-it-all forward who flashes the ability to make jump shots, effort plays, and create a bit off the dribble. Gave Auburn considerable versatility with their personnel last season able to fill multiple roles and doing so with well above average efficiency.
- True inside-outside weapon off the ball. 40% of his shots within Auburn’s offense were set jumpers which he converted for 1.182 points per catch and shoot jump shot [79th percentile]. Reliable from beyond the arc with time and space in rhythm. Provides valuable floor spacing in Spot Up situations and some budding ability to make jump shots out of Pick & Pop actions. Plays a very modern style attempting almost no dribble jump shots or mid-range jumpers.
- Can put the ball on the floor and attack the rim with deceptive speed and impacts the game in a variety of ways inside. Can post up smaller wings, sneak behind the defense with good timing as a cutter, and make effort plays on the glass. Initiates contact and fights through it to finish, shows good anticipation, and has the explosiveness to finish above the rim pretty effortlessly when he has space to gather. Averaged 1.318 points per finishing opportunity in the half court [83rd percentile] and 1.077 points per Post Up possession [92nd percentile]. Fights hard for position and shows promising touch with both hands attacking mismatches inside.
- Moves the ball well as a passer. Has a good feel for the game to go along with his ability to contribute in a variety of ways.
- Ranked 2nd in the Big Ten in Spot Up scoring (5.6 ppg)
- Has great tools for the defensive end and shows some competitiveness covering a lot of ground on some possessions, chipping in as a rim protector, and trying to get in the passing lanes. Still has room to grow in terms of polish, but already holds his own guarding multiple positions and rebounds the ball well for his size.
- Allowed 0.606 points per Isolation possession [75th percentile] as his intensity served him well on the perimeter, but not quite as consistently in the post last season.