Jahil Okafor, widely considered the top recruit in the class of 2014, spoke recently about a planned visit to Michigan State and his thoughts on head coach Tom Izzo.
Though still a long way off, Michigan State is undoubtedly preparing for the visit of junior high school star Okafor, who is expected to visit make a visit sometime in the near future. In an interview with Chicago Hoops, Okafor discussed the planned visit and his relationship with coach Izzo.
“I think once the season ends there is one visit I plan on taking to Michigan State,” Okafor said in the interview. “Coach Izzo’s been on back about getting down there. I love that guy, so I’m definitely going to get down there once the season ends.”
Whoever lands Okafor may be in for one of the biggest recruiting seasons in college basketball history. The 6-foot-10 Okafor has openly stated his desire to play with another 2014 star in Tyus Jones. The two players occupy ESPN’s 2014 60’s top two spots respectively and if Izzo can convince Okafor that Michigan State is the best place to hone his NBA talents, star point guard Jones could come along as well.
Okafor says he remains undecided as to when he’ll make his college announcement and is tossing up between sometime before his senior high school season, to avoid the potential distractions involved with the recruiting process, or afterwards, much like this year’s No.1 prospect Andrew Wiggins.
Okafor scored 21 points and collected seven rebounds on Saturday, leading Whitney Young to a 61-46 win over Benet Academy.
The game was played in a church, temporarily converted in a basketball stadium that sat 10,000. Okafor limited another junior standout in Sean O’Mara to just 10 points (3-9 field goal shooting).