Jahlil Okafor backs Duke to win NCAA Tournament

By Robert White
Rob Foldy-USA TODAY Sports

The star player from the class of 2014, Jahlil Okafor, believes Duke will win the NCAA tournament.

In an interview with USA Today, Okafor outlined his selection.

“I just feel like they have the pieces this year. They have a great big man in Mason Plumlee and a tough backcourt with Quinn Cook and Seth Curry. Not to mention Ryan Kelly, who is just an animal. Then Rasheed Sulaimon too. I’m taking Duke.”

Okafor is expected to dominate college basketball in a couple of seasons and has some close ties to Duke, as he has played with the No.2 prospect from 2013’s class, Jabari Parker, who is committed to the Blue Devils.

He visited Duke on two unofficial visits last October and is said to strongly considering the Blue Devils along with friend and No.2 prospect from the same class, Tyus Jones. The duo are likely to play with one another and could form an epic partnership for one lucky school.

Okafor has NBA teams drooling over his unlimited potential. His game is years ahead of where young big men usually are at his age and his versatility makes him all the more valuable. His footwork and athletic ability make the 17-year old Okafor one of the top center prospects in recent memory.

“I want to be the premier big man in the league and be extremely dominant on the offensive end and on the defensive end,” Okafor told HoopsWorld recently. “That’s something that I’m doing right now. Hopefully I’ll be able to continue that in college and, if I’m fortunate enough, in the NBA.”

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