When the lights went down and the spotlight went onto Jahlil Okafor entering center court of the United Center, the roar of the crowd could be felt through the sets.
“I felt chills,” Okafor said after the West won the McDonald’s All American Game.
The Whitney Young (IL) center has also admitted that this has been one of the best couple weeks in his young life, but soon he will begin the college portion of his life journey.
“I’m definitely excited to get down to Durham,” Okafor said after the win. “And be part of the greatest college basketball rivalry.”
He is referring, of course, to the rivalry between the Duke Blue Devils and their rivals down Tobacco Road. Next year, I would assume that the Durham squad would be favored in both of the games, but you never know which way Vegas is going to swing at the time. Most media outlets believe that the Blue Devils will be the favorites to win the whole thing next season, and their future was on display last night with four committed players in the All American game.
Okafor ultimately helped the West squad to a three point victory, and it was his monstrous dunk that helped to seal the win after future teammate Tyus Jones hit a jumper with 47 seconds to take a one point lead for the East. Luckily, they will be on the same squad next season and that, my friends, is going to be a beautiful sight to see.