Get to know Auburn target Kok Yat

Kok Yat is a four-star forward from Norcross High School in Georgia and recently included Auburn as one of his final 10 schools.

Yat stands at 6’8”, 185 lbs and is ranked No. 98 in 247’s Composite rankings. He reclassified into the class of 2021 in early August and cut his top schools list down to 10 on Aug. 29, with South Carolina, TCU, Wake Forest, Kansas, Georgia Tech, DePaul, Mississippi State, Western Kentucky, New Mexico, and Auburn making the cut.

Yat is a highly versatile player, who is able to score and defend in several different ways. He can do a bit of everything offensively, using his impressive athleticism to gain advantages against bigger defenders and his height to shoot and rebound over smaller defenders.

The fluidity in Yat’s jumper is also easy to get excited about, especially with his fairly quick trigger and high release point.

One part of Yat’s offensive game that is enticing is his ability to handle the ball in more than just simple perimeter scenarios. We talk a lot about Auburn Head Coach Bruce Pearl‘s “point forward” role and Yat looks to be another great candidate for it.

He seems comfortable dribbling in traffic, whether looking to get to the rim, bringing the ball up court or finding an open man when defenses collapse on his penetration. Yat can also be an effective ball handler in pick and roll sets. These attributes, along with Yat’s athleticism, long frame, and ability to pull up from deep, gives him the potential to be a great weapon in offensive initiation.

Yat’s versatility shines on the defensive end as well. As a wing defender, he is able to take on quicker guards and longer forwards. He may have issues handling players bigger and stronger than him as he builds up his strength, but Yat’s strength and post defense will come soon.

Yat is a great on ball defender and stays engaged off ball. He excels in team defense as well, using his length and quickness to play passing lanes and attack help side looks. He has the potential to guard 1-4 in college, and his highlights are filled with chase down and help side blocks.

Yat is also Auburn forward JT Thor‘s cousin. They played together in Thor’s time at Norcross and Huntington Prep.

Thor also reclassified before enrolling at Auburn. Having a familiar face—family in this case—who took the same path to college seems like it could help Auburn’s case.

Auburn was also Yat’s first major scholarship offer, a key factor in Pearl’s recent recruiting success. Auburn offered him in September of 2019, long before he was receiving national attention.

Pearl is building a strong reputation for finding underrated prospects early on and developing them into next level players with Chuma Okeke being a lottery pick in the 2019 NBA Draft and Isaac Okoro projected to be a top ten selection in the upcoming draft.

Will all of this be enough to convince Kok Yat to come to Auburn? Only time will tell, but I personally think Auburn is a fantastic fit for him. Not only as a spot for him to produce at the collegiate level but also to reach the professional ranks.

Other schools are also expected to prioritize Yat. According to Corey Evans with Rivals, Yat’s only visit was to New Mexico and , DePaul, Georgia Tech, Kansas, New Mexico, South Carolina and TCU were showing heavy interest in August.

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