Two of the four best basketball recruits from ESPN Class of 2014 are planning to commit to the same college, according to Roger Kunzia of Sporting News. With that much talent joining a school that is probably deemed by experts to be a powerhouse, that school will win the 2014-15 NCAA Championship.
The top recruit in ESPN Class of 2014 is Whitney Young High School center Jahlil Okafor. Okafor is 6-foot-10 and weighs 265 pounds. In YouTube videos, Okafor plays like a dominant force inside the paint. He is so big and strong that opposing players have trouble trying to score on him in the paint.
This also helps him block numerous shots and grab many rebounds, both offensive and defensive. Okafor appears to have good footwork as well. There are many baskets when he is able to drive to the basket and dunk it in, which is rare to see from a center.
If defenders want to try to double-team him in the paint, he has the ability to make quick, decisive passes to open teammates. The scary thing for college basketball teams is that he wants to commit to the same school as the fourth-best recruit in ESPN Class of 2014, Apple Valley High School point guard Tyus Jones.
Jones is 6-foot-1 and weighs 171 pounds. He could be viewed by his size and weight as a weak player, but he does not play like that. He has a very good all-around point in YouTube videos. Jones can make swift passes when teammates are open, and he is not afraid to drive to the post and face a big man one-on-one.
The thing that is the most impressive about Jones is his ability to drive to the paint and not be afraid to deal with big men. There is a great point guard in the NBA who does the same thing and his name is Derrick Rose of the Chicago Bulls.
Okafor and Jones on the same team would be a great duo because they can complement each other. They both can find open teammates and are able to be very good in the paint.
Opposing teams will have no idea how to stop that duo because of their all-around skill sets. The last time two recruits rated inside ESPN’s top four committed to the same school was in 2011 to Kentucky, who got top recruit power forward Anthony Davis and fourth-ranked small forward Michael Kidd-Gilchrist.
The Wildcats ended up winning the NCAA Basketball Championship in Davis and Kidd-Gilchrist’s freshman season, 2011-12.
There is no reason why Okafor and Jones will not be able to lead their commitment choice to a NCAA Basketball Championship. The thing is that Okafor and Jones are still visiting schools.
Three of the four schools listed on ESPN.com are elite schools: Kansas, the Wildcats-Kentucky, and Duke. The Blue Devils are the last school the duo plan to visit on Friday, so it will be interesting to see if they decide to make their commitment choice after that visit.
The other school is a big surprise: non-elite Baylor. The Bears’ have not been able to get any top recruits in the xlass of 2014, so they are unlikely to land Okafor and Jones.
The other three schools have great recruiting classes every year.
Most likely, they will commit to the Wildcats because of head coach John Calipari’s pedigree and the great supporting cast. On paper, the team that Okafor and Jones commit to will lead their team to a NCAA Championship, but anything can happen during March Madness.