Jahlil Okafor, Top High School Recruit, Chooses DukeBy: Tobias Roth - November 16, 2013
Duke made their stamp as one of the top teams in college basketball years ago, and in their next move to improve as a program, they have recruited Jahlil Okafor. Okafor is the top ranked high school player in the nation, and while he has had a connection with Duke for months now, he made the commitment official as of Friday, November 15th.
Jahlil Okafor is a senior at Whitney Young High School in Chicago, and will be attended Duke next fall, likely becoming one of the next stars of college basketball. The young star will also be joined by Tyus Jones from Apple Valley, Minnesota, and the two of them had a pledge to attend college together. The two of them committed simultaneously on national television on Friday afternoon.
Speaking on the two players attending Duke together, Okafor said “The past two-and-a-half weeks, my family, his family, our inner circles, have been having conference calls, just comparing all the schools. They’re all great universities. It came down to it the academic side and Coach K. He is the most winning coach of all time. I’d love to help him get his 1,000th win.”
Coach Mike Krzyzewski already has Jabari Parker on the team from his hometown of Chicago, who looks to be one of the stars this year, after having an impressive performance against Kansas in the Champions Classic, despite their loss. Kansas was also led by their young star in freshman Andrew Wiggins.
Unfortunately for Duke, with the star power of Parker, he will likely enter the draft after his freshman year, and will likely not be able to play on the team with Jahlil Okafor. Jones spoke of his excitement to play for Duke by saying “With Duke it’s the opportunity to play for Coach K and the style that they play there. I love the way they use their guards, and I feel like I can make an impact right away. Plus they have a great fan base.”
It is certainly no surprise that Jahlil Okafor, the top player in the country, would choose Duke, since they always seem to be one of the dominant teams in the nation. He is excited to play for an excelling program where he hopes to help them keep their reputation going, and win a championship.
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