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Whitney Young center Jahlil Okafor began his junior campaign right where he left off on the travel team circuit. Okafor is an elite post prospect with his extremely rare combination of size, skill, and athleticism. He can beat a defense in so many ways. Skilled post moves, power moves on the block, facing up and attacking off the bounce, second chance points on offensive rebounds, and he continues to get better every time we see him running the floor.
Okafor scored 34 points and grabbed 9 rebounds in Whitney Young’s win over Dematha (MD) at the Chicago Elite Classic. This game was something that pushed the Dolphins in preparation for the season.
“It was a lot of motivation. There has been a lot of publicity about this game. The last thing we wanted to do was come out here and lose in front of our fans and our home city.”
The junior is in the best shape of his life and is running the floor unbelievably well. This is an area he has focused on.
“It has been rough. I have been doing a lot of running in practices. The more conditioned I am the easier this game has been coming to me so I a going to keep running and keep working on it.”
What are some of the schools that have been in during the fall to see the nation’s top post player?
“All of the colleges I have seen at least once. Calipari came out, Coach K, Coach Izzo, Louisville has come out. North Carolina came out also but Roy Williams had his surgery so he called me to let me know he wanted to get out there, but wasn’t able to get out on a plane. A lot of other coaches came out also.”
One of the coaches in the house to see his junior debut was Michigan State Head Coach Tom Izzo.
“I have a great relationship with Coach Izzo. Since freshman year I have been talking to him. He is just a great person. I remember he came to the school and I had him meet some of my friends that were regular students at the school. They love Tom Izzo.”
He is also hearing from North Carolina and Duke. What stands out about those programs?
“The rich tradition at both schools with Coach K and Roy Williams and all the wins, national championships, and players of the year. Those are two schools that I am always going to be looking at.”
He says he doesn’t have any visits planned currently.