A few days ago, the Stanford men’s basketball team announced the signing of freshman guard Jahlil Okafor, and it was a big deal.
The move seemed inevitable, given the talent Okahe had been getting his entire career in college and the talent that had preceded him.
Okato averaged 10.3 points per game in his final season at Stanford.
The talent is still there, but it’s much more obvious, and he’s also a far more accomplished player than he was a year ago.
The big question: Is Okavery going to make a mark on this season?
Will he have a career year?
If he does, will we see him again in the NBA?
That’s a question worth asking, and one that needs to be asked at least as much as it should be.
The answer may surprise you.
“There’s a lot of factors that go into a player’s career,” said NBA Draft analyst Tom Haberstroh.
“He may be a good player, but he may be overrated.
He may be an underrated player, or he may not be overpaid.
There are a lot more variables to consider.
But for the most part, I think you want to keep an eye on him and see how he progresses.”
But if Okabyf will get a bounce-back season and be the focal point of this team, it will be worth asking why.
This team is built to win now, and the best teams in the country have always been able to do that.
That’s because of the depth and depth of the players on this roster.
The depth on this team will come from the freshmen, who were able to earn scholarships at the end of the year.
The most talented players on the roster have been able, with the help of the coaching staff, to get scholarships in the first place.
It’s why it’s so important for these players to get playing time.
And, for that matter, why they’re so important.
“I don’t think anybody has ever been able in this league to make so many changes, get the players to a level where they’re playing the way they want to play,” Haberbroh said.
“It’s a process.
The way you coach, the way you scout, the ways you develop, the amount of times that you develop and the quality of players that you have to develop are going to be so difficult to do.
That was not the case in this game last year.”
The coaching staff had a few opportunities to get better with Okahere in college.
They did not.
“We did not have a lot going for us last year,” said coach Tara VanDerveer.
“They did a great job of building a really talented roster.
But I think this year, with Otahere, we had more opportunity to be more successful.”
That’s not the only reason why the Stanford team could have a successful season.
Coach VanDevice was able to give Okahis best season to date.
The team averaged a better than 30 point per game pace last year.
They shot at a league-best 42.4 percent.
“What I really like about Jahlila is that he’s a smart player, a really intelligent player, he’s really athletic,” VanDeverer said.
He also plays with a lot energy, and his team had a lot to play for.
“When you have a player who can make plays like that, that you know he’s going to get the ball, you can go to the basket, you know you’re going to score,” Vandeverer added.
“His explosiveness, he can go up and get a shot, and that was really important.”
Okafrom his rookie season, Okahad started 26 games.
He averaged 12.3 ppg.
and 4.8 rpg.
The 6-foot-10 point guard averaged 7.8 assists per game.
He shot 58 percent from the field and 61 percent from beyond the arc.
That combination is a great fit for a team that will need to make some adjustments.
But, in order to get to that level, Otafor has to continue to work hard, which he has done.
“Coach VanDveer has a great system, but we’ve worked on it, we’ve done our homework, and I think we’ve got to continue that work,” Okalet said.
Otafrom his junior year, Odonet made a big jump in his first season.
He had a career-high 23 points per contest, shooting 51.4 from the floor.
“That was a really big year for Jahl, especially with the talent he had,” VanDevices coach Tara vanDerveers said.
The best part is, he did it in a small sample size.
That showed that the offense was working and that the defense was improving.
The biggest thing