Jahlil Okafor and Tyus Jones today announced their intention to play for the Duke Blue Devils; it did not come as a surprise and the reason for the decision was not surprising either.
“We just wanted the best opportunity to win,” Okafor said to ESPNU.
He also let his fans know about the time of his announcement on twitter, which is quite social media savvy of him.
I'm excited to announce my college decision on Friday Nov 15th, 3pm at Whitney Young high school. Be there and thanks for all the support!
— Jahlil Okafor (@BigJah22) November 12, 2013
Okafor’s buddy Cliff Alexander commited to the Jayhawks, so that ends any hopes that they would play together at the college level. The reason Alexander committed was because of Bill Self.
“I think Bill Self will develop my game the best, not like the others coaches couldn’t, but Kansas was just the best fit,” Alexander said to ESPN. “Coach Self talked to me about playing a versatile forward role like he did with the Morris twins.”
This is quite a wise move by the Curie forward that will greatly improve his draft stock in this humble scribe’s opinion.
The Blue Devils pulled a king’s ransom on this one though and it will likely result in national championship expectations for next year’s team and a preseason number one ranking at the very least. Okafor is the top ranked player in the class, but Jones is also a tremendous player in his own right and gives the Blue Devils their best point guard since probably Greg Paulus.
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