|Birthplace||Fort Smith, Arkansas|
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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.
|2||Lakers||D'Angelo Russell||Ohio St.|
|3||76ers||Emmanuel Mudiay||Guangdong Southern Tigers|
Draft order yet to be confirmed. Pick order based on current standings.
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