JP Tokoto

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JP Tokoto
J. P. Tokoto OKC Blues.JPG
Tokoto in January 2016
Hapoel Eilat
Position Small forward
League Israeli Premier League
Personal information
Born (1993-09-15) September 15, 1993 (age 24)
Rockford, Illinois
Nationality American
Listed height 6 ft 7 in (2.01 m)
Listed weight 200 lb (91 kg)
Career information
High school Menomonee Falls
(Menomonee Falls, Wisconsin)
College North Carolina (2012–2015)
NBA draft 2015 / Round: 2 / Pick: 58th overall
Selected by the Philadelphia 76ers
Playing career 2015–present
Career history
2015–2016 Oklahoma City Blue
2016–2017 Rio Grande Valley Vipers
2017–2018 Perth Wildcats
2018–present Hapoel Eilat
Career highlights and awards

Jean-Pierre "JP" Tokoto (born September 15, 1993) is an American professional basketball player for Hapoel Eilat of the Israeli Premier League. He played college basketball for the University of North Carolina.

High school career[edit]

Born in Rockford, Illinois,[1] Tokoto attended Menomonee Falls High School in southern Wisconsin, where he averaged 21.2 points, 13.2 rebounds, 3.2 steals and 2.1 assists as a junior and 24.6 points, 11.5 rebounds, 3.5 assists and 2.6 steals as a senior, earning three-time first-team all-state selection, set several school records, among them, career scoring, rebounding and steals and the school’s single-game record with 48 points against Catholic Memorial High School. He also earned Greater Metro Conference Player of the Year honors as a junior and won the 2012 American Family Insurance Slam Dunk contest in New Orleans as a senior.[1]

College career[edit]

Tokoto played three years of college basketball for the North Carolina Tar Heels. As a junior, he averaged 8.3 points and 4.3 assists per game and was known for his dunking ability and defensive prowess.[2] He declared for the 2015 NBA draft on April 8, 2015 after his junior season.[1]

Professional career[edit]

2015–16 season[edit]

On June 25, 2015, Tokoto was selected with the 58th overall pick in the 2015 NBA draft by the Philadelphia 76ers[3] and joined them for the 2015 NBA Summer League.[4] On September 27, 2015, he signed a one-year, non-guaranteed tender worth $525,000 with the 76ers.[5][6] However, he was waived by the team on October 26 after appearing in five preseason games.[7] On October 30, he joined the 76ers' D-League affiliate team, the Delaware 87ers. The following day, he was acquired by the Oklahoma City Blue in a trade with the 87ers.[8] In 49 games for the Blue in 2015–16, he averaged 11.2 points, 4.1 rebounds, 2.1 assists and 1.5 steals per game.

2016–17 season[edit]

In July 2016, Tokoto joined the New York Knicks for the 2016 NBA Summer League.[9] He signed with the Knicks on August 2,[10] but was waived on October 21 after appearing in three preseason games.[11] On October 25, he returned to the Oklahoma City Blue, only to be traded to the Rio Grande Valley Vipers five days later.[12][13] In 52 games for the Vipers in 2016–17, he averaged 11.7 points, 5.0 rebounds, 2.4 assists and 2.1 steals per game.

2017–18 season[edit]

In July 2017, Tokoto joined the Utah Jazz for the 2017 NBA Summer League. On September 6, 2017, he signed with the Perth Wildcats for the 2017–18 NBL season.[14] He appeared in all 30 games for the Wildcats in 2017–18, averaging 15.4 points, 6.0 rebounds, 2.8 assists and 1.6 steals per game.

2018–19 season[edit]

On June 27, 2018, Tokoto secured a spot on the Golden State Warriors' roster for the 2018 NBA Summer League.[15] On July 28, 2018, Tokoto signed a one-year deal with the Israeli team Hapoel Eilat.[16]

Personal life[edit]

Tokoto was named after his maternal grandfather, Jean-Pierre Tokoto, who played soccer for the Cameroon national team. He starred in all three games for Cameroon at the 1982 FIFA World Cup. Tokoto's mother, Laurence Tokoto Trimble, met her husband, Trevor Trimble, in Menomonee Falls, Wisconsin.[17] Tokoto's biological father is former NBA player Brian Oliver.[18]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c "J. P. Tokoto Bio". GoHeels.com. Retrieved April 15, 2015. 
  2. ^ Wilco, Daniel (June 19, 2015). "A man full of surprises, ex-Tar Heel J.P. Tokoto prepares for NBA draft". Sports Illustrated. Retrieved June 25, 2015. 
  3. ^ "Philadelphia 76ers Select Jahlil Okafor, Richaun Holmes, Arturas Gudaitis, J.P. Tokoto, And Luka Mitrovic In The 2015 NBA Draft". NBA.com. June 26, 2015. Retrieved June 26, 2015. 
  4. ^ "Las Vegas Summer League Roster & Schedule". NBA.com. July 11, 2015. Retrieved September 27, 2015. 
  5. ^ "SIXERS ANNOUNCE 2015 TRAINING CAMP ROSTER". NBA.com. September 27, 2015. Retrieved September 27, 2015. 
  6. ^ Wojnarowski, Adrian (September 7, 2015). "Sources: 76ers sign former North Carolina forward J.P. Tokoto". Yahoo.com. Retrieved September 28, 2015. 
  7. ^ "PHILADELPHIA 76ERS WAIVE FIVE". NBA.com. October 26, 2015. Retrieved October 26, 2015. 
  8. ^ "Oklahoma City Blue Acquires Six Players on NBA D-League Draft Day". OurSportsCentral.com. October 31, 2015. Retrieved October 31, 2015. 
  9. ^ "Knicks Add J.P. Tokoto & DaJuan Summers For Summer League". NYKInformation.com. June 26, 2016. Archived from the original on August 27, 2016. Retrieved August 2, 2016. 
  10. ^ "Knicks Sign J.P. Tokoto". NBA.com. August 2, 2016. Retrieved August 2, 2016. 
  11. ^ "Knicks waive Lou Amundson, Cleanthony Early, Chasson Randle, J.P. Tokoto and Damien Inglis". InsideHoops.com. October 21, 2016. Retrieved October 21, 2016. 
  12. ^ "2016 D-League Draft Review And Trade Recap". dleaguedigest.com. October 30, 2016. Retrieved November 2, 2016. 
  13. ^ Chagollan, Anwar (October 31, 2016). "Vipers perform trade with Erie and finalize training camp roster". NBA.com. Retrieved November 2, 2016. 
  14. ^ "PERTH WILDCATS SIGN JEAN-PIERRE TOKOTO". Wildcats.com.au. September 6, 2017. Retrieved September 6, 2017. 
  15. ^ "Warriors' J.P. Tokoto: Secures summer league spot". cbssports.com. June 27, 2018. Retrieved June 27, 2018. 
  16. ^ "ג'יי.פי טוקוטו חתם בהפועל "פתאל" אילת". basket.co.il (in Hebrew). July 28, 2018. Retrieved July 28, 2018. 
  17. ^ Trowbridge, Matt (January 31, 2010). "High school hoops superstar Tokoto is one that got away". Milwaukee Journal Sentinel. Retrieved June 27, 2015. 
  18. ^ Borges, David (June 18, 2012). "Road to Storrs for recruit Phil Nolan a winding he also has a sister who is 13 name Sidnee Trimble one". New Haven Register. Retrieved July 21, 2016. 

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