Decatur, Ga. – At the invitation of Hank Johnson, U.S. Representative for Georgia’s 4th Congressional District, Georgia Tech sophomore guard Josh Okogie paid a visit to his congressman’s office Tuesday afternoon with his family, where he was honored for his achievements during the past year with the Yellow Jackets and as a member of the USA Basketball U19 team.
Okogie, his Tech coach Josh Pastner and Okogie’s family gathered at Johnson’s Decatur, Ga., office, where the Congressman presented Okogie with a plaque recognizing his performance on the basketball court.
Johnson exchanged greetings with each member of Okogie’s family, then engaged in a question-and-answer session with Okogie about his background, how he started playing basketball, what playing for the USA team meant to him, and his academic interests (supply chain management).
The 6-4 guard made the Atlantic Coast Conference All-Freshman team after leading the Yellow Jackets in scoring at 16.1 points per game in 2016-17, leading Tech to a 21-16 record and to the finals of the National Invitation Tournament. He finished the season with the fifth-highest scoring average for a freshman in Tech history, and his 596 total points were the third-most. Overall, he ranked 15th in the ACC in scoring, posting 32 double-digit scoring games, and was the team’s third-leading rebounder at 5.4 per game.
This summer, Okogie became the first Georgia Tech player, active or alumnus, to compete on a USA team in international competition at any level since Chris Bosh (2002-03) helped the American team win a Gold medal in the 2008 Olympic Games in Beijing, China. He was the first active Tech player to make the USA U19 team since Michael Maddox competed for the United States in Athens, Greece.
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