Jahlil Okafor RUMORS & NEWS

Jahlil Okafor

Position Center
Height 6'11"
Weight 270 lbs
Birthplace Fort Smith, Arkansas
Current Team Duke
  • 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

    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

  • 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.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

  • 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

    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

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    Adrian Wojnarowski @WojYahooNBA

    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 Projections

# Team Player School/Team
1 Timberwolves Karl-Anthony Towns Kentucky
2 Lakers Jahlil Okafor Duke
3 76ers D'Angelo Russell Ohio St.
4 Knicks Emmanuel Mudiay Guangdong Southern Tigers
5 Magic Justise Winslow Duke
6 Kings Stanley Johnson Arizona
7 Nuggets Kristaps Porzingis Baloncesto Sevilla
8 Pistons Willie Cauley-Stein Kentucky
9 Hornets Trey Lyles Kentucky
10 Heat Kelly Oubre Kansas

Draft order yet to be confirmed. Pick order based on current standings.


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