Duke Blue Devils commit Jahlil Okafor has finally done it. It has been a four year wait, and that has mainly to do with Jabari Parker. Now, it seems, Okafor and Parker have come full circle. Okafor is now the one holding a championship at the end of the season, and Parker recently went home after a stunning first round NCAA tournament loss. Parker is now the one who has to sit with his thoughts all summer, and use the defeat to fuel his game.
The Whitney Young (IL) center helped the Dolphins beat Benet (IL) 46-44 in the Class 4A state championship at Carver Arena, and I was quite moved by the words of their guard Miles Reynolds.
“We are brothers,” Reynolds said to the Chicago Sun Times. “I don’t think anything can change that. Basketball doesn’t define us or our friendship.”
I watched the game again on my DVR this afternoon, and I came away seriously impressed with Okafor’s underrated passing ability. People always want to talk about his monster dunks, but it is his precision cross-court passes out of the deep post that truly impressed me.
Okafor's a state champ, Chicago's next great basketball ambassador..and same kid I met as 14-year-old prodigy. Column http://t.co/utm02cttQ2
— David Haugh (@DavidHaugh) March 23, 2014
I also have some other news regarding Okafor that I wanted to share. McDonald’s will be awarding the Wooten player of the year award tomorrow in Chicago, and Okafor is one of the six nominees. I will be in attendance, and will do my best to get a bit of video for you all. If nothing else, then expect a reaction piece later in the day about who wins. I truly love my job, and if there is any way Rant Sports Prep can do better by its readers, then be sure to let me know. Peace and love.