Monday, 23 March 2015

Jahlil Okafor

One to watch

19 year old Jahlil Okafor is a 6'11", 270-pound basketball player for the Duke Blue Devils men's basketball team. He entered Duke with widespread recognition as the preseason Collegiate National Player of the Year. He played high school basketball in Chicago, Illinois for Whitney M. Young Magnet High School, where he earned high school national player of the year awards from McDonalds, USA Today and Parade.

He was heavily recruited since before high school and had been at the top of the recruiting rankings for several years. He is a distant cousin of Emeka Okafor. At the 2012 FIBA Under-17 World Championship, he earned the Tournament MVP for the gold-medal winning USA team. In 2013, Okafor led Whitney Young to the 2013 Chicago Public High School League (CPL) city championship. He was an All-American as a junior in 2013. The following summer, he was an All-Tournament team selection at the 2013 FIBA Under-19 World Championship for the gold-medal Team USA.

At Duke, he earned the USBWA National Freshman of the Year and ACC Player of the Year. He was also a 2015 NCAA Men's Basketball All-American first-team selection. He is a superstar in the making.

1 comment:

Blog with Grace said...

6"11!
God has truly blessed him.