Jahlil Okafar is a nightmare matchup and even more so at the high school level. In college, some teams will have the size to matchup with Emeka Okafor‘s cousin, but not many. The Whitney Young junior center has incredible size and strength (6-foot-11, 280 pounds) to pound his way into the point and then to finish with either hand. Okafor scored 26 points against no. 9 Long Beach Poly as Young won 85-52; Okafor was an efficient 13 of 17 from the field.
“He’s an outstanding post player in a day when most people in the post like to face the basket and do other things,” says Whitney Young coach Tyrone Slaughter. “He takes great pride and pleasure in playing with his back to the basket. When we need a basket we know we can throw the ball to him and expect to get something.”
Next Saturday, a matchup looms against Simeon Academy and their superstar Gatorade Player of the Year Jabari Parker. Parker said after their game this weekend that they see what is ahead.
Okafor could be teaming up with number one rated point guard Tyus Jones his freshman year too; he wrote on his USAToday blog, “I’ve talked a lot about me and Tyus’ (Jones) plan to play together in college so that shouldn’t be new to anyone and we’re definitely still planning that. I talk to Tyus everyday so nothing’s changed there.”
Okafor will be going up against his former AAU teammate Jabari Parker this Saturday, and then in college he could be teaming up with star point guard Tyus Jones. I can’t wait to watch these young men play.