Jahlil Okafor and Tyus Jones Decided to Join Duke Blue Devils Because of Academics

By Dave Daniels
Tyus Jones High School Basketball: Nike Global Challenge
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Center Jahlil Okafor and point guard Tyus Jones recently came to the decision to join the Duke Blue Devils, and apparently it came down to academics of all things. Thanks to the tweet below from Iowa Elites, they also got some nice video of Okafor’s recruiting announcement from a different angle to ESPN’s coverage which was cool to see.

Having said that, it also does not hurt having Coach K pleading his case. One has to wonder now whether Jabari Parker will consider staying in school just one more season to get another legitimate run at a national title. He has even said in the past that he might stay in school for more than one year, but you always have to wonder if a young man’s mind is changed once they get a whiff of that big-time basketball money. We will just have to wait to see how it all plays out.

Parker though is a different kind of young man who has championships on his mind, so do not be surprised if he ends up staying more than one year. If Jones and Okafor’s decision was truly about academics (and we will see about that), then those two might even stay in college for more than a year. Who knows? One thing you can count on though, is that we here at Rant Sports have your back, and we’ll give you coverage of all the hip happening around not only high school basketball, but the game at all levels. Thanks for reading folks.

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