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Okoro has chance to be Auburn's first NBA lottery pick in 32 years

AUBURN — Isaac Okoro did not arrive at Auburn as a surefire one-and-done NBA prospect.

The Powder Springs, Ga., native had that potential, sure. He’s a 6-foot-6, 225-pound wing who starred for a McEachern High team that went 32-0 and won a state championship during his senior season. Bruce Pearl called him one of the best defenders he had coached — even before Okoro first stepped on the floor in a Tigers uniform. He was a starter from the first day.

But he wasn’t always looked at as being quite on the same level as Memphis’ James Wiseman or Georgia’s Anthony Edwards, two five-star recruits ranked Nos.