Center Jahlil Okafor and power forward Cliff Alexander both recently sat down for a photo shoot and interview with Slam Magazine, which has some pretty awesome tidbits. Alexander and Okafor are quite close and may even play college basketball together, but for the next year? They both stand in each other’s way for the state title, which has been a goal of Okafor’s for some time but that pest Jabari Parker just would never get out of the way.
“City championship also, but state is the main goal.” Okafor said to Slam. “It’s going to be tough. Last year, we had Simeon [led by Duke freshman Parker, Rose’s alma mater has won four consecutive Illinois state chips—Ed.] and this year, we’ll be battling Cliff,” he explains, knowing that the city’s top teams often face off for the right to go downstate for the state playoffs. “Wanting to be the best, and also having so much talent here in Chicago, like with Cliff, you can’t really stop working when you’re playing in Chicago.”
It has surely only helped Okafor’s game and you can read about some of the center’s other goals in the full article.
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The most lofty goal there is probably making the 2016 Olympic team, but the young man already has two gold medals with the U.S. program although obviously not at the senior level. A state title might be a good first step towards Olympic glory though, and Alexander will do his best to stand in Okafor’s path.