Duke Blue Devil commit Jahlil Okafor should have no problem with Loyola’s front line tonight, but you can bet that we will still be keeping track of his progress here at Rant Sports Prep.
“He’s not a real great matchup for us,” said head coach Tom Livatino to the Pioneer Local. “We’ve played some teams with very good post players, but we are talking about the top player in the country. You just don’t face that, and it’s not something you can simulate.”
Livatino’s tallest player is only 6-foot-4, so you can bet that they will be double-teaming Okafor quite a bit. You can read more about the upcoming matchup below, and a win would set Whitney Young up quite nicely to make a run at the state title.
Happy Super Tuesday. Will Jahlil Okafor, Tyler Ulis and Sean O'Mara finally punch tickets to Peoria tonight? http://t.co/kElHfnmnPh
— Michael O'Brien (@michaelsobrien) March 18, 2014
Okafor is one of the finalists for the McDonald’s All American player of the year, which will be announced on Tuesday in Chicago. Schedule is still up in the air as far as going to that announcement, but I will be sure to let you all know if that changes. My prediction has been here for some time that Okafor would win state, and Cliff Alexander’s exit from the playoffs definitely helped the future Blue Devil. Prep has got one more in the oven for you today, and it concerns Rainier Beach’s national title hopes. Thanks as always for reading.
It is a shame that we did not get to see those two matchup again after the thrilling CPS title game, but that is how the cookie crumbles.