Jahlil Okafor Averaging a 30-10 On the Season

By Dave Daniels

Whitney Young (Chicago) center Jahlil Okafor is the best back to the basket player in the county. That includes the senior class as well as his own. Okafor recorded 32 points and 11 rebounds in the No. 14 Dolphins’ 78-49 win over No. 25 Neumann Goretti (Philadelphia) Saturday.

Okafor, who is the cousin of Washington Wizards player Emeka Okafor, is averaging 30 points and 10 rebounds this season.

“I approach every game the same way and that’s to dominate,” said Okafor. “I just don’t feel like anyone can stop me. That’s my mentality and that’s helped me.”

Okafor is ranked No. 2 in the ESPN 60 and wants to make a run at Jabari Parker for the best player in Chicago. Okafor and Parker have both been on the same AAU team and Parker has been someone for Okafor to talk to through his recruitment process. Okafor’s team has only lost one game all year and it was to the number two ranked Montverde Academy. Okafor’s range of post moves make him really hard to stop in the paint.

“Jahlil is just a monster down there in the paint,” said Apple Valley (Apple Valley, Minn.) point guard Tyus Jones. “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.”

Jones and Okafor reportedly want to team up together in college, which if you’ve seen tape of these two young men would just be ridiculously hard to stop at the college level.

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