You don't see many Ivy League players declaring for the draft a year early, but Oni has done just that. The 6-6 junior guard from Yale has been an impact player from the moment he stepped on campus, averaging a career-high 17.1 points per game in 2018-19 while also hauling in 6.3 rebounds and dishing out 3.6 assists.
Oni has NBA skills but doesn't always flash them when the spotlight is brightest. He was willing to play second or third fiddle in the NCAA Tournament and was quiet in up-tempo scrimmages at the NBA Draft Scouting Combine.
Oni's scoring average has increased each of his three seasons with the Bulldogs, an indicator that he knows how to round out his game. He improved significantly as a 3-point shooter this past season, going from 31 percent at the 3-point line to 37.1 percent. Oni also contributes defensively, blocking more than a shot a game and registering nearly a steal per game.
One of the first things you see on his scouting report is "passes the eye test." It's not hard to figure out why. At 6-6 and 210 pounds, Oni has the body of a pro and the well-rounded game of someone who could stick on a roster for years to come. He can convert in traffic, create his shot and knock down the open 3-pointer if ignored at the arc.
Defensively, Oni's skill set is really appealing. He can guard three different positions on the court (PG, SG and SF), and knows how to stay in front of his man while displaying the ability to hedge on screens. One problem with Oni is he fouls a little more than you would like (nearly 3 per game) and that could be exploited by savvy pros. But a playoff-caliber team that needs an athletic wing to contribute about 15 minutes a game could do worse than Oni.