The Minnesota Timberwolves selected guard Josh Okogie from Georgia Tech with the 20th overall pick and Ohio State forward Keita Bates-Diop with the 48th overall pick in the 2018 NBA Draft.
Okogie, 6-4, averaged 18.2 points and 6.3 rebounds in 36.4 minutes per game as a sophomore last season, ranking fourth in the ACC in scoring. The 19-year-old shot 38.2 percent from three (66-of-173) in his two years as a Yellow Jacket, including a 38.0 percent clip last season. He averaged 6.7 rebounds in ACC play, third-best for an ACC guard, and only one player ahead of him was shorter than his 6-4 height (Ky Bowman of Boston College). Okogie led the ACC in free throw attempts as a sophomore, getting to the line 6.8 times per contest.
Over two seasons with the Yellow Jackets, Okogie amassed 1,033 career points, one of six Tech players to ever accomplish the feat by the end of their sophomore season and the most since Matt Harpring’s 1,021 points (1995-1996). As a sophomore this past season, he was named to the All-ACC Third Team by the coaches and an Honorable Mention by the media.
Born in Lagos, Nigeria but raised in Georgia, Okogie played for Team USA’s U19 team at the FIBA U19 World Cup, averaging 4.6 points and 4.6 rebounds in 13.4 minutes per game.
Bates-Diop, 22, was named the 2017-2018 Big Ten Player of the Year after averaging 19.8 points, 8.7 rebounds and 1.6 blocks over his redshirt junior season at Ohio State. A consensus Second Team All-American, Bates-Diop raised his scoring average 10.1 points per game from his redshirt sophomore (9.7 ppg) to his redshirt junior year. This season, Bates-Diop paced the Big 10 in scoring, finishing second in rebounds (8.7 per contest) and fifth in blocked shots (1.6 blocks per game). He shot 47.2 percent from the floor, including a 35.9 percent mark (66-for-184) from deep.
The Bloomington, Ill. native was a top-five finalist for the 2017-2018 Julius Erving Award, honoring the top small forward in the nation. He was also a finalist for the Wooden Award and a semifinalist for the Naismith Player of the Year.