Pastner advised Okogie to turn professional if he receives assurance that he’ll be taken in the first round, but otherwise to come back for his junior season.
If Okogie were to take until the May 30 deadline to decide, it would complicate Tech’s recruiting strategy. Pastner has one scholarship available to give for the 2018-19 academic year. He would have two if Okogie decides to leave. However, if Okogie’s return is unclear, that would put Tech in a position of trying to pursue targets while not being able to guarantee a scholarship. Further, players could have made decisions before the May 30 deadline. For instance, Adam Smith decided to attend Tech as a graduate transfer in late April 2015.
Tech continues to recruit prospects in the 2019 high-school class while also looking at transfers and graduate transfers.
Speaking on condition of anonymity, two NBA scouts told the AJC in March that they didn't think Okogie was a first-round pick, but said that could change based on his performance in private workouts and the combine. He is not included in a mock draft on the website nbadraft.net, but is slotted as the No. 48 pick on a Sports Illustrated projection.