Jahlil Okafor

Center Duke

6-11, 272, 7-6 WS, 9-3 SR, 1.3 APG, 2.5 TO

17.3 PPG, 8.6 RPG, 1.4 BPG, 30 MPG,

66.4% FG, 51% FT!

I Wanna Be Like Tim.

By Tom Mahoney

Okafor is not a legit 7-footer, but he has a 7-6 wingspan. That makes him play like a legit 7-footer. He plays so well with his arms extend up and out it is terrific to see his fundamentals on defense. "I wouldn't take Okafor number one, personally," an exec in the Lottery said. "It's just a belief of how you play and how I think you win today in the league. He's got a good feel for the game but I wouldn't call him an elite passer. He could develop into that, obviously. I think he'd be really good in the triangle. You don't play fast in the triangle. It's more about cutting and spacing and getting guys an opportunity to play one on one, which would be good for him, because he would be a pretty tough cover one on one." He uses his smarts and position, and leap and long arms to block a lot of shots. Especially when he is playing against other 7-footers and they drive into him. He is great at blocking big man's shots when they try to drive into him.

He was a full time starter and contributor last season. He averaged 30 minutes a game was the focal point of the offense by the end of the season. He wasn't a part time player like Towns and Cauley-Stein. He averaged 17.3 PPG, 8.5 RPG, and 1.4 BPG, which are very nice number for a 19 year old Center. He also averaged 1.3 assist, 0.8 steals, and 2.1 personal fouls a game. He shot an impressive 66.4% from the floor. His only real concern is that he shot 51% from the free throw line:

2014/2015 Season: Okafor opened the season as ACC Freshman of the Week on November 17. In his first three games he shot 25-for-30 on his field goal attempts. He posted double-double on November 22 in the Coaches vs. Cancer Classic against Stanford when he posted 12 rebounds and 10 points. He was again named ACC Freshman of the Week on November 24 and December 1. He had his first two 20-point performances in the Coaches vs. Cancer Classic with 24 points against Furman on November 26 and 21 against Army on November 30. On December 15 with a 25-point and 20-rebound performance against Elon, Okafor became the first Duke freshman to record 20 rebounds in a game and the second ACC freshman to record 20 points and 20 rebounds in a game, joining Joe Smith. The performance earned Okafor his fourth ACC Rookie of the Week Award and first Wayman Tisdale National Freshman of the Week recognitions. He then posted 27-points against a man-to-man defense by Toledo on December 29, 24 points against Wofford on December 31, and a season-high 28 points against Boston College on January 3. The 28 points were the most ever by a Duke freshman in an ACC conference opener and he established a Duke freshman record with 14 free throws made in the game. His performance in the three games earned him his fifth ACC Rookie of the Week and first ACC Player of the Week recognition on January 5 and second Wayman Tisdale National Freshman of the Week recognition the following day. He was again ACC Rookie of the Week on January 12 and 19. He was named to the John R. Wooden Award Midseason Top 25 list on January 14. Okafor posted a 12-point/13-rebound double double against North Carolina in his first Carolina–Duke rivalry game on February 18 to contribute to the 92–90 win. In overtime, he scored the go ahead basket to give Duke a 90–89 lead. After sitting out a game due to an ankle injury, Okafor posted a career-high 30 points in an overtime win against Virginia Tech on February 25.

The one real negative I have with him is his refusal to show up at the Combine at all. "If I was his agent, I would have advised him to do the exact same thing," a Southeast Division executive said. "He's only got to impress two or three teams, and he can do that on his own." He should have at least shown up to be weighed and measured. But a lot of the top guys didn't show up. Which is a trend I don't like. Anyway, he was one of the most decorated players in college basket this past season:

Following the 2014–15 Atlantic Coast Conference men's basketball season, Okafor was named Atlantic Coast Conference Men's Basketball Player of the Year by both the ACC coaches and media and ACC Freshman of the year. He was the first freshman to win ACC Player of the Year. He was also a first team All-ACC selection and among the first trio to be selected to the All-ACC Freshman first team (along with Jones and Winslow). He was named USBWA National Freshman of the Year and the 2015 USBWA Freshman All-America Team by the United States Basketball Writers Association. Okafor was a unanimous 2015 NCAA Men's Basketball All-American first-team selection by The Sporting News, United States Basketball Writers Association (USBWA), National Association of Basketball Coaches, and Associated Press. He contributed to a national championship with 10 points, including 2 key baskets in the final minutes, in the championship game of the 2015 NCAA Men's Division I Basketball Tournament, despite spending much of the game in foul trouble while defending Frank Kaminsky of Wisconsin. Okafor finished as runner-up to Kaminsky in the John R. Wooden Award voting (3385–3060). On April 9, Okafor declared for the 2015 NBA draft.

Nice rim protector who comes off his man quickly to alter shots of penetrators, which is always a nice asset to have. He alters shots and forces penetrators to pass it outside. He blocks shots with either hand like Duncan. Turns easy shots into misses. One of his best traits is understanding position on defense and on the boards. He is consistently boxing out when the ball goes up, and will also get position on the offensive end and box out for the offensive board as well.

I like how he moves on the court. Though some say he is not in the best shape, like they said about Jabari Parker last year. Funny how no one said that about Towns, Turner, and Cauley-Stein who played a lot less minutes than he did last year? "I know they're going to get him in shape," a Northwest Division scout said. "He's going to be better at a lot of different things because of how he moves his body. With his body, he'll understand what to do with it. The concerns we have with him is getting him to understand how important it is to play defense, how important it is to move and to play hard all the time." All of these prospects still have a lot of growing to do.

He is such a good rebounder. He understands positioning and uses his size well. Needs to work on using his hips and elbows better. He is a little to used to getting good position and just going and getting the ball. He has to play rougher and tougher when the ball is in the air. He has such great footwork and smarts that he over relies on them rebounding. Rebounding is the dirty side of basketball, and he is a little too clean right now.

He also has a nice swinging hook moving away from the basket with his left hand from the right side. Amazing weak-hand shot for a 7-footer. Terrific driving to the basket for a big man. He has a great handle. He can cross over and dribble between his legs in the drive. That is not easy for a 7-footer to do. Terrific spinning hook. I'd like to see a little pop out jumper from 10 to 12. With his dribble drive and inside moves it would be impossible to stop. Though he does have a nice jumper off the glass from the angle like Duncan, he stills needs to study it a little.

Plays too tall sometimes. Sets nice picks at the 3-point line. He can more than one-dribble with his left hand. He can attack the hoop from the 3-point line with a hard dribble drive. He is also a very fluid athlete. Likes to move to the center of the Paint a lot for the entry pass. But when he digs into either block and can score with with hand for either block. "The game is being played a little different these days," an executive who claims he'd pass on Okafor. "Those grind-it-out centers who don't help you play faster. It's not antiquated, but you're going to have to play different if you're going to build your team around him. Which isn't a bad thing. It's just that you're going to have to commit differently than those teams who are having success today." Terrific getting position in the post and presenting a target for the entry pass.

Knows how to lean in and carve position inside to make himself available for the entry pass into the post. Catches it easy with either hand, and can spin and one-dribble with either hand to get position to shoot. Great little hook with either hand. Great footwork moving and shooting with either hand. I love how he spins and one-dribbles with his left and shots a little moving hook.

He is not a lefty, but he scores as well with his left hand as I have ever seen 7-footer score with his weak-hand in college. I can't tell you how impressive that is. He also has great vision on the court. He sees what the defense is doing and attacks it appropriately. He also spots wings players for open jumpers as well as anyone in this Draft. He is a 19-year old kid who was as smart on the floor as any player in college basketball this year. That is very impressive.

He is such a polished inside scorer that it should translate to the NBA. Okafor did not show up at the Combine. And It looks like that cost him the first spot in the Draft. He is heavier than he looks and is listed a 270-pounds. That is Tim Duncan size. If that number is correct than he is solid as a rock. He still has a ton of maturing to do, and I think his upside is very underrated. He needs to work on a 10 to 12 foot jumper that would add a deadly option to his arsenal. 

He reminds me a lot of Tim Duncan. He has that same sort of build, strength, and smarts. You also have to remember Duncan came out as a senior and was three years more mature when he came out. Okafor could be a Duncan like center/PF. Especially if he develops that 10 to 12 jumper from the angle that Tim loves to kiss off the glass. It looks like Towns and Okafor are going to be lucky this year and end up at Minnesota or the Lakers, like Tim got lucky when he was taken by the Spurs who already had David Robinson on the roster. Minnesota has a terrible management situation, but with Wiggins and LaVine, one of them will have two excellent young players to hopefully grow into a Big Three. Meanwhile, the Lakers are a traditional smart organization that is always a draw for top free agents. And when they have a top pick they usually weasel it into a championship. In the Draft, destination, team, and Organizations are just as important as potential in a player.

Okafor Vs Central Missouri:

One of the reason I like Okafor is because he is so polished. He is terrific with his left hand in the Post. He spins left and gets himself stuck under the basket. He should have kicked that out (:03). Here he is the right post. He goes hard to his left (:11). Back in the right post. He doesn't look as big as Towns, but he is 270-pounds. Watch him push the defender back three or four feet with his butt. He is starting off looking like a freshman (:21). Back in the right post. He sets a nice pick up top, and then gets the ball in the left post. He swings under the basket again. This time he is able to hook it righty, out in front of the basket. That shots also looks like a shot that Duncan loves to use (:33). He gets himself in trouble again with his penchant for spinning behind the basket (:50). But watch the strength and smarts as he makes a great pass to a teammate slashing to the basket.

He sets a pick on the backside. Then fights for position. Watch how he leaps in front of the defender to prevent the steal. Then he slips on the floor. Okay so he had a rough start in this game, but  most of life is perseverance. Getting up and going at it again. So let's see how he gets up after falling three times (1:01). It starts out with a free fastbreak dunk. It is always easier to get back in it when you get a freebee to start (1:17). They swing the ball away from him (1:22). It goes to the shooter in the corner, and you can see he is already getting position for the weakside rebound. He traps his man under the basket, and leaps up and goes and gets it. Then he gives the ball to the guard, and sets up in the left post again. 

He gets position in the high post but doesn't get the ball. So he turns and sets picks for the wing to go up and get the ball. Then he gets position in the post against the little guy. He really looks big there. He catches the entry pass and turns disrespectfully into the little guy and he blocks it (1:35). He goes into the right post, and when they leave he presents a target for an easy dunk, and drew the foul (1:49). The old pick and roll and the guard doesn't hit him. Then he gets position on the block and shoots a fall away (2:07). He gets position on the weak side and comes up with the rebound. Then he sets the pick and rolls to the hole. He catches it in the high post and whips it across to the shooter (2:30). He goes into left post. Once he sees the ball go up he goes and gets position inside against the little guy with the leverage. He finds the ball, finds some air, and put it in (2:41). He sets the pick and rolls into rebounding position on the weakside. This is a nice hoop. He receives ball and fights through the double. He looks to kick it out, but the double was gone. So he turns and scores with the hook (2:50). Well that was not the best Tape, but that was his first game in college. He progressed so much and looked like a grown man in the NCAA tournament compared to that. It was a warm-up or preseason game, whatever they call it, and not on the official schedule. It was played on 11/8, fives day before their first official game against Presbyterian. But it was a good Tape, because it really shows the perseverance he had this past season. Just remember how good he was in the NCAA tournament. He was a completely different player.

Okafor Vs Central Missouri

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yUG7OKrzDmg

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Sadly A Bio:

College career

Okafor was selected as Preseason Player of the Year byCBSSports.com,[205] NBCSports.com,[206] SB Nation,[207] and ESPN analyst Fran Fraschilla.[208] Okafor was a Preseason All-American first team selection by USA Today,[209] CBSSports.com,[210]NBCSports.com,[206] Athlon Sports,[211] Bleacher Report,[212] Sporting News,[213] SB Nation,[207] Sports Illustrated,[214] and the Associated Press.[215] In its preseason top 100 player ranking, Okafor was listed at number 3 by ESPN.[216] For the 2014–15 Atlantic Coast Conference men's basketball season, the conference media selected him as the ACC Preseason Rookie of the Year and as a Preseason All-ACC Team selection. He finished second in the conference Preseason Player of the Year voting to Marcus Paige.[217] He was also listed as a John R. Wooden Award Preseason Top 50 candidate.[218] He was also named to the Oscar Robertson Trophy and Wayman Tisdale Award Watch Lists.[219] Okafor was also included in the early December Naismith Award top 50 watch list.[220]

Okafor opened the season as ACC Freshman of the Week on November 17.[221][222] In his first three games he shot 25-for-30 on his field goalattempts.[223] He posted double-double on November 22 in the Coaches vs. Cancer Classic against Stanford when he posted 12 rebounds and 10 points.[224] He was again named ACC Freshman of the Week on November 24 and December 1.[225][226][227][228] He had his first two 20-point performances in the Coaches vs. Cancer Classic with 24 points against Furman on November 26 and 21 against Army on November 30.[227][228] On December 15 with a 25-point and 20-rebound performance against Elon, Okafor became the first Duke freshman to record 20 rebounds in a game and the second ACC freshman to record 20 points and 20 rebounds in a game, joining Joe Smith.[229] The performance earned Okafor his fourth ACC Rookie of the Week Award and first Wayman Tisdale National Freshman of the Week recognitions.[230][231][232] He then posted 27-points against a man-to-man defense by Toledo on December 29,[233] 24 points against Wofford on December 31,[234] and a season-high 28 points against Boston Collegeon January 3.[235] The 28 points were the most ever by a Duke freshman in an ACC conference opener and he established a Duke freshman record with 14 free throws made in the game.[236] His performance in the three games earned him his fifth ACC Rookie of the Week and first ACC Player of the Week recognition on January 5 and second Wayman Tisdale National Freshman of the Week recognition the following day.[237][238][239] He was again ACC Rookie of the Week on January 12 and 19.[240][241][242][243] He was named to the John R. Wooden Award Midseason Top 25 list on January 14.[244] Okafor posted a 12-point/13-rebound double double against North Carolina in his first Carolina–Duke rivalry game on February 18 to contribute to the 92–90 win. In overtime, he scored the go ahead basket to give Duke a 90–89 lead.[245] After sitting out a game due to an ankle injury, Okafor posted a career-high 30 points in an overtime win against Virginia Tech on February 25.[246]

Following the 2014–15 Atlantic Coast Conference men's basketball season, Okafor was named Atlantic Coast Conference Men's Basketball Player of the Year by both the ACC coaches and media and ACC Freshman of the year. He was the first freshman to win ACC Player of the Year.[247][248] He was also a first team All-ACC selection and among the first trio to be selected to the All-ACC Freshman first team (along with Jones and Winslow).[248][249] He was named USBWA National Freshman of the Year and the 2015 USBWA Freshman All-America Team by theUnited States Basketball Writers Association.[250] Okafor was a unanimous 2015 NCAA Men's Basketball All-American first-team selection by The Sporting News,[251] United States Basketball Writers Association(USBWA),[252] National Association of Basketball Coaches,[253] andAssociated Press.[254] He contributed to a national championship with 10 points, including 2 key baskets in the final minutes,[255] in thechampionship game of the 2015 NCAA Men's Division I Basketball Tournament, despite spending much of the game in foul trouble while defending Frank Kaminsky of Wisconsin.[256] Okafor finished as runner-up to Kaminsky in the John R. Wooden Award voting (3385–3060).[257] On April 9, Okafor declared for the 2015 NBA draft.[258]

 

Career Statistics
Category
Total
Per Game
Service
38 GP
38 GS
Minutes
1143
30.1
Points
657
17.3
FG Pct.
.664
3FG Pct.
.000
FT Pct.
.510
Rebounds
322
8.5
Assists
49
1.3
Blocks
54
1.4
Steals
29
.8

 

 

Jahlil Okafor:

High School
  • Four-year letterwinner for head coach Tyrone Slaughter at Whitney Young
  • Two-time first team all-state selection by the Chicago Tribune and Champaign News-Gazette
  • Three-time first team all-state pick by the Chicago Sun-Times
  • Named MVP at the 2014 McDonald’s All-American Game after collecting 17 points on 8-of-15 shooting and seven rebounds for the victorious West team … became the fourth Blue Devil commit to secure MVP honors, joining Bobby Hurley (1989), J.J. Redick (2003) and Josh McRoberts (2005)
  • Scored 29 points and grabbed nine rebounds to help the East Team of the 2014 Jordan Brand Classic win 158-147
  • Tabbed 2014 Morgan Wootten National High School Player of the Year, the seventh Duke recruit to earn the award and the third in the last four years
  • Selected as National Player of the Year by Parade and USA Today following his senior season ... also named to the Parade & MaxPreps All- America teams and was a first team All-USA selection by USA Today
  • Honored as Mr. Basketball of Illinois in 2014 ... also named the 2014 Champaign News-Gazette State Player of the Year
  • First team AP All-State 4A honoree in 2014
  • Averaged 24.1 points and 11.3 rebounds during his senior season at Whitney Young, leading the team to a 28-5 record and a 4A state title
  • Scored 33 points and added 14 rebounds in a 75–68 victory over Stevenson in the state semifinal
  • Posted 35 points and 13 rebounds in a 75–66 victory over St. Rita of Cascia, earning Whitney Young its first sectional title since 2009
  • Scored 16 points to go along with nine rebounds in a four overtime loss to Curie Metropolitan in the 2014 Chicago city championship game
  • Had 22 points and 23 rebounds against Providence [Fla.] at the City of Palms Classic
  • Named MVP of the Cancer Research Classic after a 24-point, nine- rebound performance against Prime Prep Academy
  • Averaged 31.0 points and 12.5 rebounds per game at the 2013 Les Schwab Invitational
  • Scored 22 points and added 15 rebounds in an early season win over Apple Valley and current teammate Tyus Jones
  • Had 24 points on 10-for-13 shooting and 12 rebounds in a loss to No. 21 St. John’s Bosco ... lost on a buzzer-beater after leading the entire game
  • Led Whitney Young to the 2013 Chicago Public League title ... averaged 20.9 points, 8.8 rebounds and 2.9 blocks as a junior
  • Recognized as a 2013 All-Public League first team selection by the Chicago Sun-Times ... also named the Chicago Sun-Times Player of the Year
  • First team All-USA selection by USA Today
  • Tabbed as HighSchoolHardwood.com National Junior of the Year and a Junior All-America by MaxPreps
  • Tallied 19 points, 14 rebounds and seven blocked shots in a 60–56 overtime Public League Championship game victory over Morgan Park
  • Scored 26 points and added 13 rebounds in a 66–51 semifinal victory over Orr
  • Led Whitney Young to an 85–52 victory over No. 6 Long Beach Polytechnic at the Hoophall Classic with 26 points, seven rebounds and three blocks
  • Opened the season with 34 points, nine rebounds and four steals in a 72–58 victory against No. 15 DeMatha Catholic
  • Averaged 24.8 points and 12.6 rebounds to help his team to the 4A section semifinal in 2012
  • Named to the 2012 Class 4A all-state first team by the  Chicago Sun- Times ... also tabbed second team all-state by the Chicago Tribune and Class 4A second team by the Associated Press
  • Selected by the Chicago Public League Basketball Coaches Association to the 25-man boy’s All-City team in 2012
  • Garnered All-Public League second team as well as all-area team accolades from the Chicago Sun-Times
  • Tallied 26 points and 10 rebounds in Class 4A regional championship against St. Rita of Cascia
  • Scored 26 points in a win over Harold L. Richards in the Class 4A regional semifinal
  • Had 20 points, including 10 in the fourth quarter, nine rebounds and three blocked shots in a 62-55 loss to cross-town rival Simeon
  • Averaged 7.0 points, 4.0 rebounds and 2.0 blocks while playing in 30 games (three starts) as a freshman ... helped Whitney Young to a 20-10 record with single-game highs of 22 points versus Manley High School and 11 rebounds versus Perspective Charter School
  • Unanimously ranked No. 1 overall prospect in his class by ESPN, Rivals, Scout and 247Sports ... rated No. 1 overall by the Recruiting Services Consensus Index

USA Basketball
  • Earned gold medals at the 2013 FIBA U19 World Championship, 2012 FIBA U17 World Championship and the 2011 FIBA Americas U16 Championship
  • Named to the 2014 USA Basketball Junior National Select Team that played in the 17th Annual Nike Hoop Summit ... contributed 14 points and 10 rebounds to the USA’s 84-73 victory over the World Select Team
  • Named MVP of the 2012 FIBA U17 World Championship ... also received all-tournament honors at the 2013 FIBA U19 World Championship
  • Averaged 10.8 points and 4.8 rebounds per game, while shooting a tournament-best 75.1 percent (41-of-54) from the field in the 2013 FIBA U19 World Championship in Prague
  • Teamed up with current Duke teammates Rasheed Sulaimon and Justise Winslow to help Team USA to a 9-0 record ... came off the bench in all nine contests, scoring in double-figures seven times
  • Had 12 points and eight rebounds in a quarterfinal win over Canada ... went 5-of-5 from the field and 2-of-2 from the foul line
  • Went 7-of-11 from the field for 16 points in a pool play victory over Serbia
  • Scored 15 points and added seven rebounds in a win over Russia
  • Member of the 2012 USA U17 World Championship Team that compiled an 8-0 record earning the FIBA U17 World Championship gold medal in Lithuania
  • Was joined on the U17 team by current teammates Tyus Jones and Justise Winslow as well as former Blue Devil Jabari Parker
  • Averaged 13.6 points per game and a tournament seventh-best 8.3 rebounds per game, while shooting 59.5 percent (47-of-79) from the field to rank second among the 16-team tournament
  • Recorded a double-double with 10 points and 14 rebounds against the Czech Republic
  • Posted a game-high 21 points and 13 rebounds in a win over France
  • Scored 17 points in the 95-62 gold medal win versus Australia
  • Also helped the U.S. U17 squad claim a pair of exhibition victories over Australia and Latvia in Las Palmas, Canary Islands ... averaged 22.5 points per  game and 10.5 rebounds per game earning MVP of the four-team tournament
  • Started all five games (5-0) and averaged 14.6 points per game and 9.2 rebounds per game for the gold medal-winning 2011 USA U16 National Team ... shot a tournament second-best 71.1 percent (27-of-38) from the field and a tournament eighth-best 82.6 percent (19-of-23) from the line
  • Was paired with current teammate Tyus Jones and former Blue Devil Jabari Parker on the U16 squad
  • Opened the tournament with 19 points and five rebounds against Brazil
  • Recorded a double-double with 10 points and 11 rebounds in a preliminary round win over Argentina
  • Went 7-of-7 from the field and 4-of-5 from the free throw line for 18 points in the gold medal game win over Argentina ... also had 14 rebounds in the title game
  • Also took part in USA Basketball Men’s Developmental National Team mini-camps at the U.S. Olympic Training Center in Colorado Springs in 2010, 2011 and 2014

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