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Jahlil Okafor, #1 Overall Recruit, to Commit This Fall (2014, C)
Jahlil Okafor, the #1 overall recruit in the Class of 2014, was interviewed yesterday during the FIBA U19 World Championships and was asked if he had a timeline on a decision for his college choice. His answer:
“I’m going to try and decide before my senior season kicks off.”
When asked if anyone at the FIBA U19 can guard him, his answer was pretty simple:
“Nah, I don’t think so”
Two pretty clear answers to two direct questions. Let’s hope he keeps his promise on both of those. Okafor is the second leading scorer on the USA U19 team going for Gold this afternoon, so America would certainly appreciate him bringing home the Gold. We’d also appreciate Okafor making his decision this fall and not holding out until spring as many other top recruits have recently. In doing so, we may have the top 2 players for 2014 off the boards before the end of the year. Okafor and fellow top recruit Tyus Jones have stated time and time again that they will play together at the next level. It will be interesting to see how they decide to announce their decisions. Will it be together? Will Okafor announce first putting pressure on Jones to follow suit and keep his promise? Both are being heavily recruited by the usual suspects (Duke, Arizona, Kansas, Ohio St & UK, amongst others). Most recruiting analysts have Okafor currently as a Duke lean and say hometown Illinois is actually in the picture.
Any team that lands this #1/#2 duo will automatically be at the top of the team rankings for 2014 recruits and be set in the front and backcourt. Both of these youngsters dominate their position and have extremely high basketball I.Q. and have a engaging demeanor off the court.
Okafor, and Mac Irvin Fire teammate and fellow top big man, Cliff Alexander, will compete next week in the Nike EYBL Finals at the Peach Jam against Tyus Jones of Howard Pulley and many of the other top recruits in the nation.
Okafor’s FIBA U19 Interview noting his decision:
Jahlil Okafor Highlights: