Jahlil Okafor only has one thing in mind when he is playing basketball – dominate the game.
Okafor, a American Family Insurance All-USA selection, has done exactly that this season, coming through the Dolphins against some of the country’s best teams and players.
The Whitney Young star, who is ranked No. 2 in his class, is the focus of many experts discussions. Until April, when the postseason All-USA boys basketball team will be announced, we are going to see if Okafor is the player we believe he can be.
The 6’11 center is averaging 30 PPG 11 RPG and 3 APG this season for the Dolphins (6-1), who are ranked the No. 14 in the Super 25. Their only loss of the season came to No. 2 ranked Montverde 68-63 in a thriller.
Okafor’s best game this season came on December 1 when the Dolphins started their season against DeMatha (Hyattsville, Md.(. Okafor led the Dolphins to a 72-58 win, scoring 34 points, nine rebounds and four steals. On December 12, Okafor scored 35 points and grabbed 12 rebounds in a 99-32 win over Douglass Academy (Chicago).
“Jahlil is just a monster down there in the paint…He’s got a lot of different post moves so you can’t just key in on one thing to stop him. When he decides he’s gonna score, that’s what’s gonna happen,” says Tyus Jones, Apple Valley (Apple Valley, Minnesota) guard.
Okafor is definitely a name to watch. He is a rising star and is believed to be the best center in high school. Watch out for this kid because he is going to be in the talks as the next big thing.