How rising star Josh Okogie ended up at Georgia Tech

Florida State forward Brandon Allen (40) and Georgia Tech guard Josh Okogie (5) vie for a rebound during the second half of an NCAA basketball game Wednesday, Jan. 25, 2017, in Atlanta. Georgia Tech won 78-56. (AP Photo/John Amis)

Florida State forward Brandon Allen (40) and Georgia Tech guard Josh Okogie (5) vie for a rebound during the second half of an NCAA basketball game Wednesday, Jan. 25, 2017, in Atlanta. Georgia Tech won 78-56. (AP Photo/John Amis)

When former Georgia Tech assistant coach Chad Dollar scouted Josh Okogie for the first time during his junior season at Shiloh High, it didn’t take him long to realize what he was seeing.

“I knew right away that he was definitely a high-major prospect,” said Dollar, now an assistant coach at Auburn. “I knew that right away after watching him play that one time. That’s when we started the recruiting process right then and just started recruiting him as hard as we could.”

Dollar saw in Okogie a versatile player who could drive and shoot from the perimeter and, moreover, someone with humility and the academic credentials to make it at Tech. But, speaking Thursday, he acknowledged that even he didn’t see this coming — three ACC rookie of the week honors, averaging 15.6 points and becoming the third Tech freshman to bag two 30-point games. (Tech legends Mark Price and Kenny Anderson are the others.)

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