Bruce Pearl weighs in on whether Isaac Okoro should stay in 2020 NBA Draft or not
Auburn F Isaac Okoro had a fantastic freshman season and has entered his name in the 2020 NBA Draft pool.
He has yet to make a final decision on whether to stay in the class or return to Auburn, but coach Bruce Pearl knows what his talented player should do.
Speaking with 247Sports, Pearl said it’s the right decision for Okoro to stay in the class and turn pro:
“Isaac never came here to be here for a year or two, and it’s not to say there’s anything wrong with someone that comes along that way, it’s just whenever the time was right,” Pearl told Auburn247. “And he would say to me, ‘Coach, you’ll know when the time is right,’ and I’ve told him the time is right. He’s put his name in and he needs to stay in. He’s gonna get drafted in the lottery and probably the top 10. It’s a celebration for Auburn. There’s a part of Isaac that feels bad and wouldn’t mind coming back to play with Stretch (Akingbola) and Sharife (Cooper) and this group. These are his boys. These are his guys. But you can see the door. I’m so proud of him. He’s one of the easiest kids I’ve ever coached.”
Okoro is frequently projected as a top-5 pick in the 2020 NBA Draft, so he will likely remain in the draft.
Okoro averaged 12.8 points, 4.4 rebounds and 2.0 assists per game.