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People are inexplicably dismissive of MSU's chances with Okafor. It's clear OSU will be a major player and MSU isn't any clear favorite but even people like Sean Scherer don't even bother to consider them, despite the fact the Okafor has listed MSU as one of the teams recruiting the hardest and the fact that he's talked about playing at the same school as his close friend Tyus Jones, who MSU is in great shape with. Again, not saying MSU will get him but the disregard is weird.
Agreed. I think some people are writing him off because Alexander is so high on us, but there really isn't any why both can't come here. They're both more than good enough that playing time won't be an issue for either, and there might not be a better team in the midwest to contend for a national title. You can never underestimate the Jones-Okafor connection, and I think the Tyus factor might be the biggest key to getting this class to come together.
Wow @ :45.
Jahlil Okafor is a 6'10 center from Chicago, and he is one of the top players in the class of 2014. His footwork and touch put him well ahead of most young big men. At the 2012 NY2LA Swish N Dish Jahlil showed increased athleticism and mobility which makes him even harder to guard. For more visit http://www.NY2LASPORTS.com/
Chicago Whitney Young big man Jahlil Okafor is considered a top-five prospect for 2014. He toiled at the Spiece AAU event this weekend for his Mac Irvin Fire squad.
Talk about it in Alligator Alley
FORT WAYNE, Ind. - The nation's No. 4-ranked junior-to-be is taking recruiting day by day. With a little input from DayDay.
Jahlil Okafor, a 6-foot-10 center from Chicago Whitney Young High School, scored 17 points in a 90-59 victory for his Mac Irvin Fire summer travel team on Friday night against Ohio Varsity. Following the game, Okafor brought reporters up to speed on the latest in his recruitment.
"I've heard from Duke, North Carolina, Michigan State, Ohio State, Arizona, UConn and Georgetown," Okafor said.
The Huskies and Hoyas are a bit new to the list. The others, including Arizona, have been mainstays on his favorites list for several weeks.
As for a little extra insight, Okafor said he enjoys hearing quizzing college players.
"Ohio State, they have Sam Thompson there," Okafor said of the Buckeye freshman who also attended Chicago Whitney Young. "I talk to him a lot. He tells me how much he loves it. They usually inform me of how well he is doing and to talk to him.
"Jared Sullinger and Sam Thompson, they tell me about the program and how much they like it."
When asked about Michigan State, Okafor mentioned another player he regards as a trusted informant.
"I talk to Coach Izzo. He seems really cool," Okafor said. "And Draymond Green, I talk to him and he tells me how much he loves it. When the players tell you how much they love it, I usually take the things they're telling me as the truth."
Okafor was dominant inside on Friday night, utilizing his substantial width and showing excellent ability to elevate quickly and finish with power.
Inside, he is patient, powerful and improving rapidly with his post game. He took his time during one impressive moment on the block on Friday night when he read defenders, navigated through a double-team and scored a lay-in while being fouled. He converted the old fashioned 3-point play to put the Fire up by 28.
Okafor and his Mac Irvin Fire team is among 64 teams participating in the 17-and-under division at the annual Bill Hensley Memorial Run-n-Slam All-Star Classic, arguably the Midwest's preeminent AAU-style tournament. It's an event that Draymond "DayDay" Green participated in as a member of the Michigan Mustangs in 2006 and The Family (Detroit) in 2007.
Michigan State caught Okafor's eye when he and his Whitney Young team participated in the Izzo Shootout team tournament at MSU in 2010.
"I mainly saw the gym and the locker rooms at Michigan State, but it wasn't really a visit," Okafor said. "But I will visit up there soon. They offered me my freshman year, so I've been looking at them for a long time."
That might sound like early attention, but the Spartans weren't first.
"DePaul was the first school to offer me; they offered me in the eighth grade so I'm always going to look at DePaul," Okafor said. "And Illinois was the second school to offer me."
That was back two head coaches ago for those schools. But the Illini are trying to get back in the lead pack with recently-hired head coach John Groce.
"He came up to the school one time and I've spoken with him over the phone one time," Okafor said. "He seemed really cool."
Okafor on his contact with college coaches: "The only schools I talk to are the Duke coaches and the Ohio State coaches, but everybody else, my dad talks to."
On Duke: "I just enjoy talking to Coach K, who just tells me about the program and how he wants me to go there."
Who is recruiting you the hardest: "I would say Ohio State, Michigan State; Duke and Arizona have been the most consistent."
Anyone jump in lately? "Florida just recently offered."
This post was edited by Iknowmorethanu 23 months ago
Interesting Nike EYBL Dallas Day 3 Report from Aubrey Bloom (Brenden Padilla of BearsTruth.com and Coast2CoastRecruiting.com contributed to this report) on 24/7:
Quite frankly Okafor outplayed Jabari Parker in every game we saw this weekend. He’s a physical player who, unlike Parker and some of the other forwards we’ve seen this week, actually seems to like playing on the low block. He knows the parts of his game that he’s good at, and he utilizes them. He’s very efficient from the floor, not taking any bad shots. He also plays with consistent effort, something you don’t see a lot on the circuit.
I'm somewhat hesitant to post this report as it is does not reflect well on MSU target Parker, but it certainly seems relevant to MSU recruiting efforts and reflects well on MSU target Okafor.
i agree with this. i think we have a big shot with the stars in the class of 2014. I belive, that if we land one, such as tyus, cliff, jaquan, and even jahlil then they will follow.
New insider article on okafor -
C Jahlil Okafor (Chicago/Whitney Young)
The blossoming wide-bodied center is blessed with size, girth, length and mobility. Okafor has the two most essential traits to becoming a distinguished big man: great hands and efficient feet. He demands the ball for deep-post catches, has a soft touch inside and has recently worked on adding a jumper from the foul line. Surprisingly, his footwork is fluid enough to be in sync with his body, which is rare at this juncture for someone his age. Defensively, he is learning how to be a dominating presence but he is the anchor inside that every program needs to win a championship.
Area of growth: Constant conditioning and a go-to move inside. - Dave Telep
Okafor said, "it was important to him to have good players around him in college, and specifically said playing alongside of elite point guard Tyus Jones is a desire for the next level." http://hoopniks.com/jahlil-okafor-is-a-sizable-2014-talent
This shows how Tyus Jones is a must need in 2014 because if you get him, you can almosy count on getting jahlil also
First it was Alexander and Okafor wanting to go together, Alexander wants to go to UK now and Okafor doesn't from what I've seen, now it's Tyus and Okafor?
These package deal things rarely work out, but MSU looks like the only way the 3 end up together untill Duke offers Alexander.
If these guys all end up and Duke and UK i'll be pissed.
I think it has always been Jones and Okafor wanting to play together. I have never heard anything about Alexander and Okafor wanting to play together.
I thought the same. I am sure Alexander and Okafer respect each other but I never heard the package deal rumor. That would be a great low post combo.
From U17 world Championships...
Jahlil Okafor (Chicago Whitney Young) scored 26 points and grabbed 15 rebounds to power the USA Basketball Men's U17 World Championship Team past Latvia 108-72.
The game was part of the Gran Canaria U17 International Invitational.
The United States will face Australia on Monday for the championship of the event. The event is being held in the Canary Islands.
From ESPN Chicago...
Some of the Chicago area’s most prominent high school and clubs coaches reacted positively Tuesday to Illinois hiring assistant coach Paris Parham.
Parham replaces Isaac Chew on Illinois coach John Groce’s staff after Chew departed last month for a position at Marquette. Parham is expected to be the Illini’s lead Chicago recruiter. He is a Chicago native, played at Dunbar High School in Chicago, coached at Phillips High School and Morgan Park High School in Chicago’s Public League and has recruited the city and surrounding suburbs the last five years for Illinois State.
“It’s rare a person gets an opportunity to do a do-over,” said Whitney Young coach Tyrone Slaughter, whose roster includes nationally-ranked juniors Jahlil Okafor and Paul White. “I think coach Groce and the Illinois program got a do-over. We all liked the Chew hire, but I think the Paris Parham hire is one we love. It’s means nothing negative against Chew. It’s about the relationship we all have with Paris.
“I’m elated. This is one of the few times in Illinois basketball hire history that I can say I’m excited.”
2012 FIBA U17 World Championship
USA Combined Team Statistics (as of Jul 08, 2012)
## Player GP-GS Min--Avg FG-FGA Pct 3FG-FGA Pct FT-FTA Pct Off Def Tot Avg PF FO A TO Blk Stl Pts Avg
15 Okafor, Jahlil...8-7 153 19.1 47-79 .595 0-0 .000 15-36 .417 33 33 66 8.3 18 0 0 10 3 2 109 13.6
12 Parker, Jabari...5-2 82 16.4 25-45 .556 5-10 .500 8-10 .800 7 17 24 4.8 7 0 2 7 3 5 63 12.6
06 Jones, Tyus...8-2 163 20.4 26-49 .531 2-8 .250 14-18 .778 3 20 23 2.9 8 0 43 20 0 16 68 8.5
Says "no favorites", but plans on visiting MSU and OSU "before school starts".
I know on one of the topics theirs an article on Alexanders offer from UK and how Derrick Roses brother says he fits into their program, then he says Okafor is a fit for MSU. If we could land Okafor and the package deal is true we could get Alexander too and then the other package with Tyus and Jahlil could hook up and we then have one of the best classes in the nation.
Okafor and Cliff aren't a package if that's what you're trying to imply, though I doubt they would shy away from playing with each other.
We are definitely trying!
Updates on three key Arizona basketball recruiting targets.
IZZO is a gangster...
Just after Okafor's game:
Okafor told 247 Sports' Chris Fischer that Tom Izzo and the Michigan State Spartans are doing an excellent job in his recruitment. Okafor also said, "Arizona, Duke and Ohio State are in the mix.
Izzo breaks off from the pack now. We needed that with Okafor probably taking a visit before school starts we could easily pull away even farther from the other schools like Duke and Illinois
That quote, along with another writer tweeting that he thinks Tyus ends up here, makes it seem like we are in pretty good shape. This class has the chance to be
Where was that tweet? Who was the writer?
It's in the 14 recruiting thread, but he's not a writer, thought he was.
He's a tournament coordinator or something.
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