Jahlil Okafor knows he played well in this one, but his Whitney Young (IL) squad came up just one play short and gave up a three at the buzzer to St. John Bosco (CA).
“We are taking jump shots while the most dominant post player in the country stands on the block,” Young coach Tyrone Slaughter said to the Chicago Sun Times. “That’s why there was a three-minute scoring drought.”
Okafor finished with an all around dominant performance though, and you can bet the Duke Blue Devils will be happy to add him to the fold.
“That’s exactly how we drew this one up,” Bosco coach Derrick Taylor said to Times. “Come to Chicago and beat Whitney Young on a buzzer beater. Seriously, we knew Hamilton could do the job. We are supremely confident in him.”
Shout to @BigJah22 on his mesmerizing performance in opener, with 22 P, 14 R, 4 A, and 5 B. He made it clear he's the best Center in years.
— Iowa Elites (@IowaElites) December 8, 2013
Okafor committed to the Blue Devils along with top five ESPN point guard Tyus Jones in a joint-cross country press conference, which was pretty impressive to pull off. Their chemistry in Durham should be fantastic as they have already played on the Junior U.S. national team for two summers, which was what initially got them thinking about college together. Should be a lot of fun to watch that is for sure, and you can bet that whilst I live and breathe will keep you all posted on any updates concerning these two and their development.
One more Rant Sports Prep pieces coming tonight and then be sure to check out my pro basketball previews in the morning; thanks for reading.