Jahlil Okafor was yesterday awarded the Morgan Wootten player of the year award, and we will all have the joy of seeing the Whitney Young (IL) center take the court in Chicago one last time on April 2nd at the McDonald’s All American game. Something tells me that his reception will be quite warm, and you can bet that I would not miss that game at the United Center.
In other interesting news, Okafor admitted at the press conference that he had spoken to Jabari Parker after the Duke Blue Devils first round loss, but also he said they did not discuss whether the forward would return to school or enter the draft this summer.
“As soon as he said ‘Duke lost’ I knew the question about Jabari was coming,” Okafor said to the Chicago Tribune at the Ronald McDonald house. “I’m used to it. It wasn’t annoying.”
The Whitney Young center is almost as much of a pro at swatting down questions as he is weak layups. He is also as large as advertised in person, and I cannot imagine a defender not being a little bit intimidated by his sheer size. Not even to mention his prodigious skill with the basketball.
Okafor will be a great one for the Blue Devils, and if Parker wants to win a national championship next season to add to his four state titles… then help is on the way.