Jahlil Okafor Looking Forward to Playing Jabari Parker Twice This Year

By Dave Daniels

Jahlil Okafor had an excellent summer, bringing home the gold medal for the FIBA U17 Team USA squad, but he’s having an even better fall.

“I did pretty good for the fall league. I averaged about 24 points, 15 rebounds, four assists and three blocks a game,” wrote for his USAT blog. “I feel like we can do big things this year!”

There is another thing Okafor is looking forward to this year and that is playing against top recruit, fellow Chicago resident, and AUU teammate Jabari Parker.

“He’s one of my best friends, my big brother,” said Okafor, the third-best recruit in the class of 2014, according to Rivals.com. “We’re always together, we’re both on the same AAU team so we play against each other every day in practice and we’re always hanging off the court together.”

The two recruits are in different classes but apparently talk twice a week, and being on the same AAU team they also get some quality practice against each other. They also play twice this year and have been talking back and forth about the games.

“Me and my boy Jabari Parker over at Simeon (Chicago) talk all the time about playing against each other this year. That’s a game I’m definitely looking forward to,” Okafor writer. “We’re both competitive so we both think our team is gonna win. We’ll see this year though. We play them at least twice.”

Those matchups will definitely be must-sees and though we probably won’t get to see these two play college ball together, but we might see them both in the NBA together one day.

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