Josh Christopher announced his decision to attend Arizona State back in April. How will the five-star shooting guard fare as a freshman? We look at what he brings to the table.
Christopher chose Arizona State over Michigan, UCLA, Missouri and USC. His numbers at Maywood High in Lakewood as a senior were monstrous. The Lakewood, California native averaged 29.4 points, 11.2 rebounds and 4.4 assists last season and 23.0 points, 7.7 rebounds, 3.8 assists and 3.0 steals in his career.
When Josh Christopher played on grassroots level at Nike’s EYBL circuit he put up 21.3 points in nine games, though his overall 42.3 percent shooting percentage and 31.6 percent from beyond the arc evidenced that he still has room for improvement.
At 6’4″, the talented shooting guard can provide much-needed scoring. He was ranked high in his class since his first evaluations for a reason. Christopher’s frame will help him handle the physicality of the college level and his basketball IQ is unmatched, as he’s proven capable of finding the right spots to take his shots. Simply put, he is a pure scorer with long-term upside.
NBA Draft Potential
ESPN’s 2021 NBA mock draft projects Josh Christopher to go No. 27 overall. Being a potential one-and-done in college means that he has just one chance to prove his worth.
Can he make enough of an impact to move up in the draft boards? Christopher’s offensive prowess is not questioned but his defense is what can make or break his long-term future in the NBA. He will improve his shot and overwhelm opponents on offense but his defense has to be more efficient.
Arizona State head coach Bobby Hurley has a lot of firepower at his disposal. A backcourt with Christopher and Alonzo Verge Jr. will be extremely fun-to-watch. Verge Jr. dropped 43 points off the bench in a 96-56 loss against St. Mary’s in the Basketball Hall of Fame Showcase on December 18th and Christopher will get better next to him and help this team compete and be a decent alternative for NCAA Basketball picks.
Christopher Will Wear Harden’s Retired No. 13 Jersey
Josh Christopher got the all-clear to keep his No. 13 jersey when he suits up for Arizona State next season. The No. 10 prospect in his class per 247 Sports’ composite, Christopher will wear No. 13, even though James Harden’s old number was retired in 2015.
Harden gave Christopher his blessing. His No. 13 jersey is in the Desert Financial Arena rafters, gave Christopher his blessing. Christopher earned a retweet from Harden when he announced his intent to attend Arizona State. This was a sign that the current Houston Rockets star guard was comfortable allowing Josh Christopher to wear his old number.