Podcast: Banter helps give Perth Wildcats star J.P. Tokoto the edge
Perth's MVP candidate J.P. Tokoto says pre-game preparation of which opposition players to target with verbal banter has helped him develop an edge during his impressive debut NBL campaign. Tokoto has become a fan favorite and a highlight machine in Australia, averaging 17 points, six rebounds and two steals amid a range of dunks and high-flying plays.
Perth Wildcats' J.P. Tokoto embracing life in Australia
Perth Wildcats imports J.P. Tokoto and Derek Cooke Jr have relished their chance to experience life in Perth and are embracing the West Australian lifestyle. Perth’s beaches have been a major attraction, and Tokoto is enjoying his new experiences: “I’ve lived in places with beaches but I’ve never lived down the street from one. I’m capitalising on the opportunity.”
Perth Wildcats import J.P. Tokoto continues family sporting legacy
Cameroon midfielder Jean-Pierre Tokoto signed for Les Parisiens in 1975. More than 40 years later, his namesake grandson J.P. Tokoto has joined the NBL champions, continuing a family legacy. That legacy includes his father Brian Oliver, who played for the Philadelphia 76ers, and his mother Laurance Tokoto Trimble, who went to college on a track scholarship.
Video: J.P. Tokoto Australian Hype Video
J.P. Tokoto stared for three seasons at UNC before leaving after his junior season to enter the NBA Draft. The 6-foot-6 Wisconsin native was taken No. 58 overall in the 2015 NBA Draft by Philadelphia 76ers. He recently signed with the Perth Vipers of the NBL, the preeminent professional basketball league in Australia and New Zealand.
J.P. Tokoto heads to Australia to join Perth Wildcats
The Perth Wildcats have signed former North Carolina Tar Heel, J.P. Tokoto, sources told foxsports.com.au. The acquisition of Tokoto, who most recently played for the Rio Grande Valley Vipers in the NBA G-League, sees him act as a replacement for Devondrick Walker, who broke his foot at a Wildcats practice in August. Tokoto has already arrived in Perth.
J.P. Tokoto showing progress as second pro season nears conclusion
At UNC, J.P. Tokoto felt his biggest strength was in many respects holding him back. He figured his senior year on a loaded roster would be much like his first three — as a weapon on defense and an afterthought on offense. So he left school, became the 58th overall pick in the 2015 NBA Draft. “Do I regret anything on a personal level? Yes and no,” Tokoto said.
J.P. Tokoto, P.J. Hairston teammates again in NBA D-League
J.P. Tokoto led Rio Grande Valley with a season-high 28 points. Tokoto also provides a steady hand on defense. In his last five games, Tokoto has 14 steals. The Vipers welcomed back P.J. Hairston, who had missed more than a month with a groin injury. Hairston added 11 points and provides another sharpshooter who can play multiple positions.
14 Tar Heels Dot NBA Rosters
Fourteen former University of North Carolina basketball players made the grade and were on opening night rosters for the 2016-17 NBA season, the league announced this week. Fellow former Tar Heels Tyler Hansbrough, Kendall Marshall, P.J. Hairson, Marcus Paige and J.P. Tokoto are free agents who hope to sign on with NBA teams as the season progresses.
J.P. Tokoto Released by New York Knicks
J.P. Tokoto was released by the Knicks on Friday, Ian Begley of ESPN reports. Tokoto was one of the last picks in the 2015 NBA Draft after leaving North Carolina a year early and will now be looking for work after yet another cut. Tokoto could end up on the Knicks' D-League affiliate, but the worst case scenario for the high-flying guard is a spot with a team overseas.
The college basketball recruiters who land the players who make teams great
6. North Carolina Tar Heels: C.B. McGrath: The North Carolina brand speaks for itself, but the Tar Heels still need to beat out other blue bloods for players, and McGrath has been busy the past few classes. He was the lead recruiter on a long list of players, including Marcus Paige, Brice Johnson, Kennedy Meeks, Joel Berry, Isaiah Hicks and J.P. Tokoto.
Joel James to play overseas in Japan
We’ve seen Marcus Paige (Utah Jazz), Brice Johnson (Los Angeles Clippers) and J.P. Tokoto (New York Knicks) find homes in the league. But what about Joel James? Well on Thursday, we finally got an update. Joel James announced via Twitter that he will play overseas in Japan next season with the Kumamoto Volters.
Knicks sign former UNC wing J.P. Tokoto
The New York Knicks have signed former North Carolina wing J.P. Tokoto. Tokoto, who played for UNC from 2012 to 2015, was drafted 58th overall in the 2015 NBA Draft by the Philadelphia 76ers. Since, the 6-6 wing has bounced around the NBDL. He played with the Knicks' Summer league team in July and spent last season with the Oklahoma City Blue (D-League).
ACC free agents have productive day at NBA Orlando Summer League
J.P. Tokoto scored 13 points for the second straight game on Wednesday. He made four of his six field goal attempts, hit four of five free throws, grabbed four rebounds and blocked three shots in a 95-90 loss to the Orlando Magic’s White team. Tokoto has played in all four of the Knicks’ games thus far, averaging 9.5 points and 4.5 rebounds.
Johnson, James, Tokoto NBA Summer League Update
Brice Johnson, a first-round pick of the Los Angeles Clippers, scored 23 points on 11-of-18 shooting and grabbed six rebounds Sunday in a loss to Oklahoma City. Joel James is with the Indiana Pacers in Orlando and hasn’t appeared in Indiana’s first two games. Second-year pro J.P. Tokoto, playing for the Knicks, had five points, five rebounds and five turnovers Saturday.
Brice Johnson bounces back quickly in NBA Orlando Summer League
Brice Johnson picked up where he left off on Sunday by scoring a game-high 23 points in the Clippers’ 81-72 loss to the Oklahoma City Thunder. The 6-foot-10 forward make 11 of his 18 field goal attempts while pulling down six rebounds and blocking two shots in just under 30 minutes of action. J.P. Tokoto added seven points, five rebounds and three assists.