Photo Courtesy of Bri Lewerke

The Future Is Okpoh

By Matt Levine

Bryce Okpoh has always been a part of a basketball family. Okpoh’s mother played basketball in high school, and his brother played Division 1 basketball at Texas Tech University.

Okpoh, a 6-foot-7, 190-pound, power forward from The Colony (TX), has been around the game of basketball his entire life. It was almost inevitable that he would play in college one day.

The three-star, Class of 2019 recruit realized at a young age that he wanted to pursue every basketball opportunity presented to him. He looks up to his older brother and since he played at Texas Tech, Bryce wanted to follow in his footsteps.

Currently, Okpoh has offers from North Texas, DePaul, Oklahoma State, Austin Peay, Western Michigan, Cal State Northridge, and the University of Texas, at Arlington. Other schools that Okpoh has interest in are Texas Tech, Arkansas, TCU, Georgia Tech, Virginia Tech, and many more. The schools that have given him an offer are all looking for a power forward with the play style that Okpoh brings to the table.

“I would say I play with a style like Brandon Ingram of the Los Angeles Lakers,” Okpoh said. “I am most similar to Ingram because of my length and how quick I am with my feet.”

In his junior year season, Okpoh was named District Defensive MVP and All-District First Team. His team fell short of their goal last season, losing in the second round of the playoffs. Okpoh and the rest of his team have high hopes to have an even better season this year.

“Personally I have to lead my team in the best way possible and all of my teammates know that we have to play with a chip on our shoulders,” Okpoh said. “Knowing that nobody is going to hand us anything, we have to go out and take it. Every day we work hard like it’s our last game each and every day. We have great support around us and that is going to help us get to our goal.”

Okpoh believes that his team can make a better run during his senior year season. He is more than prepared to win and work his hardest this season.

Prior to each game, Okpoh sits in the locker room with his headphones in as he closes his eyes to get mentally ready before he has to get ready physically. Okpoh is an extremely motivated player and student.

“I think what motivates me the most is getting better,” Okpoh said.

He knows that if he works hard he will get better and that is what motivates him to do more.

Currently, Bryce Okpoh plans to make a commitment after his senior year season of basketball. He does not know where he will commit yet, but it will come after the season.

In college, he plans to study either broadcasting or business. He wants to have a good background, just in case basketball does not work out.