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Oh if we could land him soon, I'd be very happy
Apparently on an unofficial to UCLA today, according to Evan Daniels.
He wrote a blog entry for USA Today that was pretty solid. It gives some insight into his life & recruitment. Sounds like he isn't anywhere close to making a decision & is just enjoying the process. He also re-emphasizes that he and Tyus Jones are serious about going to the same school.
Jahlil Okafor is the top-ranked center and No. 2 overall prospect in the Rivals150 for 2014.
Judging by twitter Jahlil and Jabari have become very close friends. Combine that with he and Tyus wanting to play together and the best case scenario we've been hoping for as far as hoops recruiting goes looks more and more possible,
big big big chain reaction is the hope haha and they all played together on team USA
This is Jahlil Okafor's most recent blog posting about his visit to Duke and North Carolina. To summarize, the trip went well and he speaks at greater length about Duke because he spent more time there. From his comments, it seems Michigan State will be in stiff competition with Duke for many 2014 prospects.
He also sheds further light on combining his talents with Tyus Jones and Theo Pinson:
"It’s not definite, but we would look forward to Theo coming in with us. That would be great."
Duke has officially offered all three players.
On the bright side, he does drop Michigan State's name a couple of times mentioning us amongst the schools that have "contacted" him along with Duke, Baylor, Ohio State, Kentucky, Arizona, and Georgetown and he plans on catching a football game here soon. He says he has no official list.
He also leaves us with this little nugget: "I always see when the schools that are recruiting me get big commitments so I liked seeing the Harrison twins commit to Kentucky. Everyone knew that they were obviously a package deal the whole time and that reminded me of me and Tyus."
I'd say this makes Jabari Parker's recruitment that much more important. Also when you consider they are good friends.
Okafor and Tyus are twins too?
MSU has not recruited Pinson as far as I know. That would be quite a change given that Pinson's recruitment has been underway for a while and he has offers from Duke, Lville,Gtown,Clemson,Indiana.
I dont believe these packs generally happen, unless they are triplets
Parker will be in the NBA by the time that Okafor hits campus.
Anyone. Anyplace. Anytime.
I agree that will likely be the case. But there's also a chance the Harrison Twins will be in the NBA after only one year. Okafor made a point of saying he notices when the programs recruiting him get big commitments. I took that to mean he will notice if we get a big commitment from Jabari Parker. Especially when you consider they are friends and talk to each other often.
1. Heard Coach K has told Tyus he will not take a PG in '13 or '14 besides Tyus.
2. Tyus seems to be much higher on MSU than Okafor is.
I think there is slim to no chance we land Okafor, but solid chance with Tyus - It's going to come down to whether they'll split up.
But if we can get a commitment from Cliff before the two decide, that might be a huge deal. I don't think there would be much arguing that it would be the best recruiting class ever here with 3 guys in the top 10 plus another top 50 guy.
Agreed. I think commitments from Jabari, followed by Alexander could really be the swing vote we need for those other two. They really seem adamant about being a package deal. Hopefully Tyus stays in his ear...
Michigan State is closer to home for tyus and jahlil. Thats a factor. Also Jabari is not only just friends with Jahlil he is also friends with Tyus. They all played on the same team for USA. Jabari might go to the NBA after one year but im sure he will be in the duos ear about going to Michigan State.
Assuming that Jabari comes to State. If he went to Duke, it would hurt our chances on Tyus and Okafor since Duke already has their foot in the door with them. Assuming that Jabari would play a role in their recruitment in the first place.
From Brian Snow's twitter:
"Tom Izzo, Oliver Purnell, John Groce, and an assistant from ND front and center for Whitney Young v DeMatha"
Kid is a monster.
From all North Carolina sports OldNorthBanter.com
From Chicago Hoops.
Here's the MSU part and quote from Okafor about Izzo:
“All of the colleges I have seen at least once. Calipari came out, Coach K, Coach Izzo, Louisville has come out. North Carolina came out also but Roy Williams had his surgery so he called me to let me know he wanted to get out there, but wasn’t able to get out on a plane. A lot of other coaches came out also.”
One of the coaches in the house to see his junior debut was Michigan State Head Coach Tom Izzo.
“I have a great relationship with Coach Izzo. Since freshman year I have been talking to him. He is just a great person. I remember he came to the school and I had him meet some of my friends that were regular students at the school. They love Tom Izzo.”
One of them should really rally the troops to MSU. Yes schools like Duke, UK and others have a past of winning championships, but those championship teams get diluted and dont get recognition when those same schools are winning them all the time. We all can remember Izzo's championship team and they should want to create something that hasnt happened since that team won it all!
Bring em all to State and go for the perfect season!
That post seriously just made us sound like a school full of losers. Come on now all of us here would love to have the tradition of Duke or Kentucky(minus that Cal years of course)
God these uofm bed-wetters are desperate. They want these guys to go anywhere else but MSU. such a pathetic and anemic first post.
Corey Albertson @Corey_Rivals513
Jahlil Okafor said that he's hearing most from UNC. Would like to eventually visit UK, MSU. #BBN #cityofpalms @clintjackson1
We need to land Cliff early on to help recruit the duo of Jahlil and Tyus. Cliff at the four and Jahlil at the five. With Drake on board at the 2, we need to find a SF as well... I can see Appling, Payne, Harris and Dawson all gone after next year. Assuming we land at least one player for 2013, we will have six schollies for 2014 (Harris on fball). Izzo should go snag a project or two to round out the class and redshirt them. This could be a really big class!
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