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Posted On: 11/27/18 6:45 PM
One of Kansas’ rising guard prospects, Wichita Heights 2019 guard Jaden Okon is coming off a strong offseason and is gearing up for an even bigger senior season.
At 6’5, Okon has the kind of size, length and skill set that causes college programs take notice.
He brings athleticism, the ability to handle the ball, knock down outside shots and his length can cause problems for opposing teams on the perimeter and around the basket.
He put together a strong summer on the grassroots circuit competing for NLHA and says the experience has helped prepare him for his senior season and beyond. Okon says he spent much of the offseason working on his outside shooting touch and consistency.
“Playing in the summer has helped me see that you need to find things that help you stand out and also things you could use to defeat other teams,” he says.
Okon says expectations are high for the upcoming season at Wichtia Heights as the Falcons have a host of talented players on its roster.
“My high school team is extremely athletic, long, and fast,” Okon said. “Be a very hard team to stop if we play defense at a high level.”
Okon says his dad has been the biggest influence on his basketball career to date.
“He has given me all the tools,” Okon said. “He has help me with his expertise within the game of basketball.”
A fan of Lebron James and Giannis Antekokounmpo, Okon says he appreciates both players all-around games, “Because they are strong athletes that take advantage of situations. I take parts of their games and try to put it into my game because it works for me.
“They are also both very strong competitors and especially strong around the basket.”
Okon has heard from several college programs, including Washburn.
“The school that has shown the most interest is Washburn but there has a been a fair amount of schools that are keeping up with me,” he says. “Hopefully I can get more opportunities throughout this basketball season.”