Center Jahlil Okafor is the top ranked player in the 2014 college basketball recruiting class and he yesterday announced on ESPNU his intention to attend Duke University simultaneously with Tyus Jones. Okafor was in Chicago, but Jones was in Minnesota.
For the Whitney Young center it basically came down to Coach K, and winning.
“The past two-and-a-half weeks,” Okafor said to the Chicago Tribune. “My family, his family, our inner circles, have been having conference calls, just comparing all the schools. They’re all great universities. It came down to it the academic side and Coach K. He is the most winning coach of all time. I’d love to help him get his 1,000th win.”
Getting the 1,000 win for the coach would be an unbelievable accomplishment, but the Blue Devils are doing pretty well this year too in case you haven’t noticed.
The question must now be asked: have the odds of Jabari Parker staying in school increased? I say yes; he appears to be thriving under Coach K, and he is also the rare player who the NBA will always be there for. He was even said in the past that he thought he would stay in school “a few” years. That is if he doesn’t go on a Mormon mission and give Blue Devil nation a collective heart attack.
Okafor was at the Champions Class this Tuesday and the performance by Parker that night could not have hurt the Blue Devils chances in any way. The two used to be AAU teammates so their familiarity on the floor would be a boon to the Blue Devils.