Raptors 905 have made a draft-day trade, Raptors Republic has learned.
The 905 will receive Goodluck Okonoboh, the No. 32 pick in today’s D-League Draft, from the Salt Lake City Stars. In return, the 905 are sending SLC the No. 98 pick, Evrik Gary, and the returning player rights to Michale Kyser.
Okonoboh was considered a five-star prospect out of high school in 2014, ranking 26th on ESPN’s Top 100 that year. He didn’t quite capitalize on that potential in his two years at UNLV, averaging 5.3 points, 4.3 rebounds, and 2.6 blocks in 24.8 minutes over 37 games. He played just six games in his sophomore season before opting to leave the Runnin’ Rebels, originally intending to transfer but then deciding to turn professional. A Mountain West All-Defensive Team player as a freshman, Okonoboh drew a Summer League invite from the Charlotte Hornets, averaging three points, 3.8 rebounds, and 0.8 blocks in 15.2 minutes.
Standing 6-foot-10 with a 7-foot-3 wingspan and 9-foot-1 standing reach, the 905 surely see the 23-year-old as a strong defensive prospect. Depending on assignments from the parent club, Okonoboh could see time at both power forward and center, though it’s worth noting if the plays the four that his defensive game is far ahead of his offensive game at this point.
In acquiring the No. 32 pick, the 905 have essentially retroactively flipped Kyser for E.J. Singler – that pick was originally the 905’s, but they flipped it for Singler at the trade deadline. Considering the team didn’t use their sixth-round selection and have the rights to more potential D-Leaguers than training camp spots, losing the No. 98 pick in that deal is of little consequence. Losing Kyser hurts, to be sure, but it’s more of a longer-term loss, as he’s signed in Lebanon for the season. The organization was high on his defensive potential if he were to return late in the year or for next season.
The 905 will announce their full 17-man training camp roster sometime Sunday or Monday. Okonoboh is suddenly a fairly notable part of those plans.