Whitney Young C Jahlil Okafor at "Optimal Level of Conditioning" Going Into This Season

By Dave Daniels
Jahlil Okafor
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Recently read the excellent piece below about top ranked center Jahlil Okafor’s conditioning level, and it is leading me to believe Whitney Young should be nationally ranked throughout the year unless we see a slew of losses.

Okafor’s skill level is something that is undisputed nationally, and his conditioning is really one of the only areas scouts have been able to point to as a weakness. If it is fixed, then high school basketball will have trouble stopping Okafor next season even with a double team.

“He has really done a phenomenal job of getting himself in tip-top shape,” head coach Tyrone Slaughter said to Michael O’Brien. “He is at an optimal level of conditioning heading into the season.”

The Dolphins know that Jabari Parker was an immovable force for the last four years when it came to state championships, so you can see that a lane has opened up with Parker’s graduation.

“For four years we were thwarted by a phenomenal Simeon team,” Slaughter said. Truer words were never spoken, and the path will be a bit more clear next year to be sure.

Fully expect Okafor to lead them to state, but before that happens the 6-foot-10 center gets to pay a little visit to Durham this weekend, so check back in with us after that.

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