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REPORT: USC big man Onyeka Okongwu declares for NBA Draft

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USC freshman Onyeka Okongwu has declared for the 2020 NBA Draft, he announced in a message he shared on social media.

“What a ride it’s been my first year at USC. My freshman campaign at the school has been nothing short of spectacular,” wrote Okongwu. “However, all good things must come to an end. I want to take the next step when the opportunity presents itself. With careful consideration, I am announcing that I am declaring for the 2020 NBA Draft.”

Okongwu also shared his appreciation for USC head coach Andy Enfield and the coaching staff, the “Trojan Family,” and all of his fans.

Onyeka Okongwu had a stellar lone season for the Trojans. He posted 16.2 points, 8.6 rebounds, 2.7 blocks and 1.2 steals and was named to the All-Pac-12 first-team. USC went 22-9 overall (and 11-7 in Pac-12 play) and were a no. 10 seed in ESPN’s Joe Lunardi’s final bracket projection.

At 6-foot-9, and245 pounds, Okongwu is a likely top-10 pick in the upcoming NBA draft, and perhaps top-5. His defensive versatility and athleticism project him as an effective rim-protector who can also guard the pick and roll on one end, while serving as a devastating rim-runner and finisher on offense.

The 3-point shot is not a part of his game, as of now. NBA scouts, however, admire his high basketball IQ and have compared him to Miami Heat center Bam Adebayo.

Okongwu was a teammate of the Ball brothers at Chino Hills in Los Angeles before enrolling at USC.