Jahlil Okafor RUMORS & NEWS

Jahlil Okafor

Position Center
Height 6'11"
Weight 270 lbs
Birthplace Fort Smith, Arkansas
Current Team Duke
  • NBA rookie survey suggests Karl-Anthony Towns over Jahlil Okafor was a mistake

    Pro Basketball Talk "Most NBA teams would have picked Karl-Anthony Towns over Jahlil Okafor with the No. 1 pick in the 2015 NBA draft. I would have. The Timberwolves did. But a plurality of NBA rookies prefer Okafor, who went No. 3 to the 76ers. Two responses in NBA.com’s annual rookie survey reveal..." August 19

  • Jahlil Okafor: 'I'd like to win Rookie of the Year'

    CSN Philly "Jahlil Okafor, speaking at the NBA and Panini America's rookie photo shoot at MSG Training Center on Saturday, shared a few of his goals for the upcoming 2015-16 season. The Sixers' big man already has his eyes set on some hardware. “I’d like to win Rookie of the Year," he said. "Just want..." August 12

  • Would Phil Jackson have taken Karl-Anthony Towns or Jahlil Okafor first overall?

    Larry Brown Sports "The New York Knicks finished with the second-worst record in the NBA last season, but they were not fortunate enough to secure either the first or second pick in the 2015 NBA Draft. Instead, the Knicks ended up selecting Kristaps Porzingis with the No. 4 overall pick. If the Knicks did end up..." August 04

  • Okafor, at Sixers beach bash, says team has high expectations

    Philly.com "The line of fans extended down the street as 76ers first-round draft choice Jahlil Okafor signed autographs. Okafor and teammate Robert Covington attended the 76ers Beach Bash, an annual summer meet-and-greet with fans, Saturday at Jack's Place in Avalon. "The second I got to Philadelphia I..." August 02

  • Sixers Sign Jahlil Okafor

    Hoops Rumors "The Sixers have signed center Jahlil Okafor to a rookie scale contract, the team announced. Okafor was the No. 3 overall selection in this year’s NBA draft. The big man departed Duke after a freshman campaign that saw the Blue Devils capture the NCAA Championship and him being named a first-team..." July 07

  • Okafor taking small, quick steps

    Philly.com "Jahlil Okafor learned it by the end of the second day, if he hadn't known it already: The 76ers will run you. They want to play fast, and they want their players to get from one end to the floor fast, and, if you're Okafor, they will want you to establish position in the post fast. So by 1 p.m...." July 06

  • Jahlil Okafor -- Viral Sex Story Is B.S. ... 'Considering Legal Action'

    TMZ "NBA rookie Jahlil Okafor claims he's been targeted by an Internet "troll" -- who is spreading disgusting lies about a sexual encounter that NEVER happened ... and now he's taking action to shut her down. Social media exploded over the past 24 hours after someone claiming to be a woman named..." June 29

  • Jahlil Okafor thinks NBA is still a big man's league

    Sporting News "Dave Cowens might not think so, but at least one player thinks there’s still room for a big man to thrive in the NBA. 76ers rookie Jahlil Okafor said despite increased emphasis on the perimeter game, the NBA is still a big man’s league. "For as long as I remember, big men have dominated the..." June 28

  • Sixers draft Jahlil Okafor with No. 3 overall pick

    CSN Philly "The 76ers just got bigger. A lot bigger. The Sixers selected Jahlil Okafor from Duke with the No. 3 overall pick in Thursday night’s NBA draft, a player projected for much of the year to be one of the top two picks in the draft. Okafor was available for the Sixers when Karl-Anthony Towns was..." June 26

  • Report: Celtics could try to move up in draft for Jahlil Okafor

    Larry Brown Sports "The Los Angeles Lakers are reportedly considering drafting D’Angelo Russell instead of Jahlil Okafor with the No. 2 overall pick in Thursday night’s draft. If that happens, it could have a major effect on what the Boston Celtics are planning to do. ESPN’s Brian Windhorst reported on Thursday..." June 25

  • Coach K on Jahlil Okafor: 'I think he's the best player in the draft'

    The Score "Things will look significantly different at Duke next season. After winning the national championship, head coach Mike Krzyzewski will look to rebuild his program following the loss of three star players to the NBA draft. Point guard Tyus Jones, swingman Justise Winslow, and center Jahlil..." June 23

  • Drafting Towns or Okafor provides Wolves frontcourt flexibility, intrigue

    Fox Sports North "Consensus, conventional wisdom and just about every mock draft out there say the same thing: The Timberwolves will select either Karl Anthony-Towns or Jahlil Okafor first overall because such advanced centers come at a premium in 21st-century hoops. Both are 19 years old and extremely skilled for..." June 16

  • Knicks still considering trading down if Towns, Okafor, and Russell are gone

    Posting And Toasting "For weeks now we've been hearing that certain prospects might be overtaking the presumed Big 3 of Karl-Anthony Towns, Jahlil Okafor and D'Angelo Russell. Emmanuel Mudiay is wowing teams with his athleticism. Kristaps Porzingis makes prime Dirk look like a raggedy hobo throwing Nerf balls into..." June 16

  • Lakers 'not blown away' by Okafor or Russell

    Silver Screen And Roll "ESPN's Chad Ford dropped this little tidbit regarding the Lakers and their recent workouts with Duke big man Jahlil Okafor and Ohio State guard D'Angelo Russell: But other executives speculated that perhaps the Knicks had persuaded Russell's agent to shut him down before the draft in hopes that..." June 15

  • Report: Lakers want to take Jahlil Okafor with No. 2 pick

    Pro Basketball Talk "D’Angelo Russell and Emmanuel Mudiay came through for much-publicised workouts — and as it goes in Los Angeles, any time the Lakers take even a sideways glance at a prospect the constant rumor machine that surrounds the team and fan base kicks into overdrive. But the reality is far more simple..." June 12

  • Jahlil Okafor offers passionate defense of his biggest weakness

    New York Post "The first college reviews on Jahlil Okafor were so overwhelmingly positive, eventually there had to be some blowback. That came during the NCAA Tournament — and particularly Duke’s championship win over Wisconsin — when Okafor’s defense and stamina were called into question. And that has led to..." June 10

  • Okafor Ready to Play With the Pros

    Basketball Insiders "Back when Jahlil Okafor was a 17-year-old junior in high school, the big man told me that he believed he could possibly compete in the NBA right then if given the opportunity. People in NBA circles loved his confidence and there were some talent evaluators who agreed with him. Soon, Okafor will..." June 08

  • Report: Flip Saunders prefers Okafor but staff likes Towns

    Sportsnaut "Duke’s Jahlil Okafor and Kentucky’s Karl-Anthony Towns are the consensus top prospects for the 2015 NBA draft, and the Minnesota Timberwolves hold the No. 1 overall selection. So, which power forward will Minnesota select? According to ESPN’s Chad Ford, T-Wolves head coach and President of..." June 04

  • Report: Timberwolves Leaning Towards Taking Jahlil Okafor

    Black Sports Online "This would be considered good news if you are a Lakers fan because it means they would be getting Karl-Anthony Towns. Most people consider Towns more of a franchise changing prospect than Okafor. Here is what Chad Ford of ESPN had to say about the T-Wolves train of thought. Virtually all the..." June 02

  • Jahlil Okafor doesn't want to play for Timberwolves, report says

    Newark Star-Ledger "Things could be about to get shaken up at the top of the 2015 NBA Draft order as a report suggests Jahlil Okafor does not want to play for the Minnesota Timberwolves. According to a Fansided.com report, Okafor may ask the Timberwolves not to draft him: According to basketball scribe Chuck..." May 25

  • Lakers have big plans (Jahlil Okafor or Karl-Anthony Towns) for pick

    Los Angeles Times "The Lakers found gold in a pot of ping-pong balls at the end of their worst season ever. Now comes the easy part. Wait for the Minnesota Timberwolves to draft Duke's Jahlil Okafor or Kentucky's Karl-Anthony Towns and then take the other one with the No. 2 pick. Which one ends up with the..." May 21

  • Okafor holds secret Chicago workout after skipping combine

    New York Post "After the ESPN cameras were packed away and all the NBA general managers, scouts and agents had left Quest Gym, host of the NBA draft combine, center Jahlil Okafor snuck inside Friday night under the cover of darkness. Okafor skipped the combine, working out instead in Santa Barbara, Calif.,..." May 18

  • Okafor, Towns To Skip NBA Draft Combine

    Black Sports Online "Duke forward Jahlil Okafor and Kentucky forward Karl-Anthony Towns were not on the list of expected participants for the 2015 NBA draft combine released Thursday. The combine will be held May 12 to 17 in Chicago, with an on-court portion running May 14 to 15. The draft order will be decided..." May 08

  • Duke’s Jahlil Okafor In Phenomenal Shape, Looks “As Lean As Ever” Preparing For NBA

    College Spun "With the NBA Draft set to take place near the end of June, some of the top prospects in the country are currently in Santa Barbara, Calif., working out. Duke’s Jahlil Okafor, the potential No. 1 overall selection, is among the crop of players preparing for the draft at P3 Applied Sports..." May 06

  • Full list of NBA draft-eligible underclassmen, international players released

    Pro Basketball Talk "There are the names you know — the one-and-done players, the guys who will go high in this June’s NBA Draft. Jahlil Okafor, Karl-Anthony Towns, D’Angelo Russell and the like. But then there are the countless guys whose names you don’t know, players who likely never set foot on an NBA court. All..." April 28

  • Jay Williams lays out Jahlil Okafor or Karl-Anthony Towns argument perfectly

    Pro Basketball Talk "People — many, but not all of them, Duke fans — have come at me on twitter when I wrote this, but it’s the truth: Many teams likely near the top of the draft board are leaning toward Karl-Anthony Town over Jahlil Okafor if they get the top pick. It’s not universal, and it’s no set in stone,..." April 06

  • How Towns has turned No. 1 pick debate into a ‘coin flip’

    New York Post "Karl-Anthony Towns hasn’t necessarily surpassed Jahlil Okafor in the race for the top spot in June’s NBA draft, but Kentucky’s abundantly talented freshman is on even footing it seems with the Duke phenom entering the final week of the college basketball season, multiple NBA scouts and analysts..." April 01

  • March Madness is exposing Jahlil Okafor's flaws

    SB Nation "Duke's Jahlil Okafor played poorly against two teams with the size to match up with him. This makes one wonder: What if he's been overrated all along? Jahlil Okafor was considered the undisputed top prospect in the 2015 NBA Draft for most of the season, but March Madness has magnified the Duke..." March 31

  • Why Okafor is no lock for No. 1

    New York Post "From about the time the Knicks ended their first double-digit losing streak — the 10-game one, not to be confused with the later 16-game skid — their diehard followers have plotted a lottery plan of action. Lottery aficionados produce three prominent names: Duke center Jahil Okafor, Kentucky..." March 25

  • Jahlil Okafor says he’d be comfortable bypassing NBA draft, staying at Duke

    Pro Basketball Talk "Duke coach Mike Krzyzewski called Jahlil Okafor a one-and-done player before the season even began. The center has been hyped for years as the No. 1 pick pick in the 2015 NBA draft. Sure, other players – like Ohio State’s D’Angelo Russell and Kentucky’s Karl Towns – have worked there way into..." February 13

  • Report: Jahlil Okafor and Emmanuel Mudiay top Lakers’ 2015 NBA draft board

    Pro Basketball Talk "The Lakers didn’t trade for Rajon Rondo. Not Greg Monroe, either. But as the 13-38 Lakers head toward their worst season in franchise history, they’ll continue to try distracting their fans from the mess on the court. Hey, the NBA draft is around the corner, and the Lakers could have a..." February 10

  • Knicks-76ers loser bowl is really all about this one phenom

    New York Post "Bouncing basketballs and ping-pong balls are in play Wednesday when the tanking Knicks face the tanking Sixers at Wachovia Center in the Okafor Bowl. The Sixers, who started 0-17, were once thought a lock to capture the No. 1 lottery seed and get the best chance at projected No. 1 pick, Duke..." January 21

  • ‘Lose more for Okafor': Knicks vie for potential next Tim Duncan

    New York Post "The Pistons are at the Garden on Friday and that means one thing: The joust for Jahlil is on. With the 5-29 Knicks having lost nine straight and 19-of-20, their chances of finishing with more lottery ping-pong balls than the Pistons have risen dramatically. The Knicks are on their way to..." January 03

  • 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

    CBS Sports "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 "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

    CBS Sports "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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    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 Results

# Team Player School/Team
1 Timberwolves Karl-Anthony Towns Kentucky
2 Lakers D'Angelo Russell Ohio St.
3 76ers Jahlil Okafor Duke
4 Knicks Kristaps Porzingis Baloncesto Sevilla
5 Magic Mario Hezonja Barcelona
6 Kings Willie Cauley-Stein Kentucky
7 Nuggets Emmanuel Mudiay Guangdong Southern Tigers
8 Pistons Stanley Johnson Arizona
9 Hornets Frank Kaminsky Wisconsin
10 Heat Justise Winslow Duke
Full NBA Draft Results

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