13 - JP Tokoto

6-6, 195 Shooting Guard/Small Forward
North Carolina Junior
09/15/93 (29.5 yrs)
Menomonee Falls, WI
High School
Menomonee Falls
Team Site Profile
Jump Shot
NBA Ready
Ball Handling

NBA Comparison: Rodney Carney

Strengths: An elite athlete, Tokoto has the athleticism and length, 6’10" wingspan and 40 inch max very at the Combine, to make an impact in the league from day one … However, that’s about where his NBA level skill ends … Developed into a very good passer over his career at UNC, Roy Williams said he was the team’s best passer last season … Was tasked with covering the opposing team’s best perimeter player, which is no laughing matter during ACC play … On the ball defense will be Tokoto’s calling card early in his career … His length allows him to apply pressure on the dribbler and lets him be active in passing lanes … Though he has trouble with screens both on and away from the ball due to his slight frame …. Rebounding is another area where Tokoto’s athleticism comes into play … His ability to get off the ground quickly on both his first and second jumps means he’s constantly around the ball … Tokoto isn’t a great ball handler, but showed the ability to grab a rebound and then initiate the fastbreak … The final area where Tokoto shines is in transition … His combination of length, speed and athleticism make him a consistent threat to finish the break … His attacks to the basket often ended above the rim … If he wasn’t finishing he often made the right play whether it was an outlet pass or finding the open man … Very good at moving off the ball and finding lanes to cut through …

Weaknesses: Jump shot needs major work, needs to rework his entire form from feet to release … Shot an abysmal 54 percent from the free throw line over three years … It was even more ghastly from deep, where he shot 26 percent for his career … Needs to become better attacking the basket from the left side of the floor, very right-hand dominant … Has to get more comfortable creating his own shot … Committed the fourth-most turnovers (86) in conference play las season … Had a tendency to play in spurts, must become more consistent in his overall play … Should lock himself in the weight room during his rookie season as he is to thin, weighed 196 lbs at 2015 Draft Combine to become the supreme defender that he has the skills to be … Settled too often for midrange jumpers … Fell too often for pump fakes, especially on players that weren’t great shooters …

Notes: Measured 6’6.25" (in shoes) 196 lbs, with a 6’10" wingspan at the 2015 NBA Draft Combine … Measured 6’6.5 (in shoes) 185 lbs, with a 6’9 wingspan at the 2011 LeBron James Skills Academy … Named ACC All-Defensive team as Sophomore … Old for his draft class as he will turn 22 in September …

Overall: Tokoto is a top shelf athlete that can have an impact just based on how much energy and effort he gives on a nightly basis … He’s a gifted perimeter defender and is a more than capable rebounder given his position and size … How long he sticks in the NBA will depend on how quickly he can develop a jump shot and smooth out his offensive repertoire … Could be a second round steal over time …

Brandon Jefferson 6/15/15