Ochai Agbaji: NBA Draft Odds, Pick Projection, Stats & Highlights

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Kansas' Ochai Agbaji plays against Villanova during the first half of a college basketball game in the semifinal round of the Men's Final Four NCAA tournament, Saturday, April 2, 2022, in New Orleans.
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Colton Pool @CPoolReporter Sep 07, 2022, 8:16 AM

Texas Tech was leading by three points with less than 15 seconds to go in overtime. Kansas needed Ochai Agbaji to rise to the occasion.

The Jayhawks guard, who’s among the NBA odds leaders to be taken first overall in the draft, stood in the left corner as the clock winded down during a game this past season. As Dajuan Harris Jr. drove from the wing, Agbaji shifted over.

The sequence led to a Red Raiders defender colliding with Harris. That opened up space for a pass to Agbaji and a fadeaway 3-pointer to tie.

The Kansas faithful went into a frenzy. The shot went through without hardly touching the net.

Agbaji can provide a team with critical points, even at the NBA level.


Ochai Agbaji Draft Odds

Agbaji is tied for the sixth-best NBA Draft odds to be selected first overall at +25000Jabari Smith of Auburn is first at -300, while Duke’s Paolo Banchero is second at +275 and Gonzaga’s Chet Holmgren is third at +400.

The Orlando Magic have the first overall pick after going 22-60 a year ago. The Oklahoma City Thunder and Houston Rockets pick second and third, respectively.

NamePositionTeam1st Pick Odds (6/22)
Jabari Smith Jr.FAuburn-300
Paolo BancheroFDuke+275
Chet HolmgrenCGonzaga+400
Shaedon SharpeGKentucky+10000
Jaden IveyGPurdue+20000
Keegan MurrayFIowa+25000
AJ GriffinFDuke+25000
Johnny DavisGWisconsin+25000
Jalen DurenCMemphis+25000
Bennedict MathurinGArizona+25000
Ochai AgbajiGKansas+25000
TyTy WashingtonGKentucky+50000
Dyson DanielsGNBA G League Ignite+50000
MarJon BeauchampGNBA G League Ignite+50000
Tari EasonFLSU+50000
Jaden HardyGNBA G League Ignite+50000
Nikola JovicFMega Mozzart (Serbia)+50000
Blake WesleyGNotre Dame+50000

Ochai Agbaji Draft Pick Projection

At No. 14 overall, the Cleveland Cavaliers could use an off-ball wing like Agbaji.

In 2021-2022, Cleveland was 20th in offensive rating, fifth in defensive rating, and 13th in net rating. It was also 12th in rebounding percentage and 14th in effective field goal percentage.

Point guard Darius Garland led the way for the Cavs with 21.7 points and 8.6 assists to go with 1.3 steals per game. Center Jarrett Allen was next with 16.1 points per game and paced the squad with 10.8 rebounds.

But no off-ball wing was in Cleveland’s top six in scoring average a year ago. Agbaji could help round out the roster and help them get past the NBA’s play-in tournament next season.

Ochai Agbaji Stats

Agbaji is a rare potential lottery selection who played in college for four years. So staying until his final year at Kansas was worthwhile.

Agbaji was the NCAA Final Four Most Outstanding Player and Big 12 Tournament Most Outstanding Player on the way to leading the Jayhawks to a national title. In addition, he was a consensus first-team All-American and unanimously the conference’s player of the year. He was a finalist for the Wooden Award, Naismith Player of the Year Award and Jerry West Shooting Guard of the Year honor as well.

Agbaji led the Big 12 in scoring (18.8 points per game) and games of 20 or more points (19). In addition, he was second in 3-point percentage (40.9) and third in field goal percentage (47.5). In that game against Texas Tech, he established a career-high with 37 points and seven 3s.

He was an All-Big 12 honorable mention both as a junior and sophomore. He played as a true freshman and started the final 16 contests of the year.

He averaged 13.5 points, 4.4 rebounds, 1.6 assists, and one steal per game for his career. He made 45% of his shots, 37% from the 3-point arc, and 71% of his free throws.


Ochai Agbaji Draft Profile

Agbaji threw down some emphatic alley-oop dunks during his collegiate career. But his repertoire goes well beyond that. He proved this during his fantastic run through last season’s NCAA Tournament.

Agbaji is not overly fast, which doesn’t help him on offense or defense. But he makes up for that in other ways.

When driving, he varies his pace to keep defenders on their heels. He’s also physical, especially when going to the hoop.

He’s constantly active off the ball, with backdoor cuts offensively or when he’s playing help defense on the other end.

Agbaji can shoot off the dribble or off the pass, and he hits attempts from NBA range. However, he’s often in a rhythm when he makes shots, so pros may force him out of his comfort zone a little more.

While he plays with textbook technique defensively, his lack of top-end speed meant he was sometimes vulnerable. However, he could also consistently handle the ball more precisely to avoid turnovers.

However, in totality, Agbaji should provide a boost for any NBA franchise.

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Colton Pool is a Web Content Writer for BetMGM living in Bozeman, Montana, focusing on the NFL and NBA. Previously, he covered Montana State football at the Bozeman Daily Chronicle and worked at newspapers in his home state of North Dakota. He graduated from North Dakota State in 2015.

Colton Pool is a Web Content Writer for BetMGM living in Bozeman, Montana, focusing on the NFL and NBA. Previously, he covered Montana State football at the Bozeman Daily Chronicle and worked at newspapers in his home state of North Dakota. He graduated from North Dakota State in 2015.