Jahlil Okafor RUMORS & NEWS

Jahlil Okafor

Position Center
Height 6'11"
Weight 270 lbs
Birthplace Fort Smith, Arkansas
Current Team Duke
  • Knicks likely to whiff on Marc Gasol — is Okafor new hope?

    New York Post "The Knicks are closer to landing Duke center Jahlil Okafor in the draft than they are to landing Memphis center Marc Gasol in free agency, according to an NBA source. As the Knicks plummet to the bottom of the league, a source told The Post the club doesn’t believe its chances are too good of..." December 06

  • Jahlil Okafor Considered By NBA Teams As Consensus Top Prospect In 2015

    Real GM Basketball "Jahlil Okafor is No. 1 on the big boards of Chad Ford and Jonathan Givony and figures to remain there throughout the season. Okafor is one of the best low post scorer prospects in many years. "I was sitting with a number of GMs and scouts last night during the Duke-Michigan State game,"..." November 20

  • Jahlil Okafor -- CBSSports.com's Preseason Player of the Year

    CBSSports.com "I've sat with enough elite talents over the years to know not all of them embrace or even desire big expectations in the weeks leading up to their freshmen seasons. Some do, absolutely. But for every Kevin Durant -- who told me, matter-of-factly, a month before his one year at Texas began that he..." October 14

  • Why Jahlil Okafor Is Early Favorite for No. 1 Pick in 2015 NBA Draft

    Bleacher Report "It clicked early for Jahlil Okafor. You can just tell that he gets it. He understands his overwhelming strengths and recognizes how to exploit them. And chances are he'll be exploiting them at Duke against helpless ACC frontcourts on his journey toward becoming the No. 1 overall pick in the..." October 14

  • Jahlil Okafor, top recruit in class of 2014: Raising NBA’s age limit unfair to players

    SI.com "Commissioner Adam Silver has gone on the record about his desire to raise the NBA’s age minimum to 20 years old. Rules instituted in the collective bargaining agreement stipulate that players must be at least 19 during the calendar year in which the draft takes place to be eligible, effectively..." March 27

  • Young's Okafor named national player of year

    Chicago Tribune "He’s a state champion, a world champion, a McDonald’s All-American and the consensus top prep prospect in the United States. Add national player of the year to Jahlil Okafor’s resume. Three days after leading Young to the IHSA Class 4A title, Okafor was named Morgan Wootten Player of the..." March 25

  • Close friends Jahlil Okafor and Jabari Parker aren't thinking about next year just yet

    SB Nation "There's something unjust about a nimble, highly-skilled giant like Jahlil Okafor going to work at the high school level. As Okafor's Whitney Young team wrapped up a conference championship with a 70-45 demolishing of North Lawndale Monday night, the 6'11, 275-pound behemoth displayed the full..." February 05

  • Chicago native Jahlil Okafor chooses Duke

    CSN Chicago "It’s official. Jahlil Okafor is headed to Duke. The Rivals.com No. 1 prospect ended months of speculation and chatter when he announced he would sign with the Blue Devils Friday afternoon, choosing Duke over Arizona, Baylor, Illinois, Kentucky, Kansas, Michigan State and Ohio State. Okafor made..." November 16

  • Jahlil Okafor’s Camp Leaning More Towards Kansas Jayhawks

    Rant Sports "Been hearing a lot of talk lately about how the father of Jahlil Okafor is not so sure about the Duke Blue Devils, and how the elder Okafor is leaning more towards head coach Bill Self’s squad. It is not uncommon for disagreements to occur when we are talking about big time basketball, and I..." November 04

  • Blue Devils’ Jabari Parker Puts On Show with Jahlil Okafor in Attendance

    Rant Sports "Jabari Parker and Jahlil Okafor go back a ways; they used to be AAU teammates and talk on the phone every so often. This weekend Parker got to put on a little show for Okafor, top ranked point guard Tyus Jones, and Justise Winslow. The trio made a visit this weekend, and the Duke football team was..." October 31

  • Bill Self Gets Creative with Jahlil Okafor and Tyus Jones on Campus

    Bleacher Report "The Kansas Jayhawks basketball team held a scrimmage on Saturday morning that Bill Self said was for the fans who couldn't get in the doors at KU's Late Night in the Phog two weeks ago. It was a good reason. Kansas had to turn away thousands of fans two weeks ago. But if Self was being..." October 31

  • ESPN Ranks Turner Ahead Of Okafor As 2014 Recruit With Most NBA Potential

    Real GM Basketball "ESPN has ranked Myles Turner ahead of Jahlil Okafor as the recruit of the incoming college class of 2014 with the most NBA potential. Turner and Okafor played in the championship game of this month's adidas Nations in which Turner had the better performance. Okafor is one of the most skilled..." August 15

  • Jahlil Okafor and Tyus Jones aim to make history together

    CBSSports.com "Tyus Jones remembers the first time that he played against Jahlil Okafor. They were at the AAU Nationals in Orlando. They were in third grade. "He was a tree," Jones said of Okafor. "Biggest kid in the tournament by far." So, not much has changed over the past nine years. Okafor is still..." July 13

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    Adrian Wojnarowski @WojYahooNBA

    Respected NBA executive of 20-years plus tells me that Chicago's Jahlil Okafor is the most skilled high school center he's ever scouted.

2014 NBA Draft Projections

# Team Player School/Team
1 76ers Jahlil Okafor Duke
2 Lakers Emmanuel Mudiay Guangdong Southern Tigers
3 Timberwolves Karl-Anthony Towns Kentucky
4 Knicks Kristaps Porzingis Baloncesto Sevilla
5 Thunder Montrezl Harrell Louisville
6 Pistons Kelly Oubre Kansas
7 Nuggets Myles Turner Texas
8 Celtics Willie Cauley-Stein Kentucky
9 Hornets Stanley Johnson Arizona
10 Pacers Bobby Portis Arkansas

Draft order yet to be confirmed. Pick order based on current standings.

Discussion

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