Oh believe me. I have seen all the tweets about how Jahlil Okafor is improving his draft stock, and it does not surprise me one bit. Apparently Emmanuel Mudiay is playing well this week too, and it should be fun to see how they both play tonight.
Remember this day next year when folks talk about how much Jahlil Okafor and Emmanuel Mudiay love college. (Top 5 picks almost always go.)
— Gary Parrish (@GaryParrishCBS) April 17, 2014
Okafor has been playing quite well on the All Star game circuit, but it was the work he put into his conditioning this season that really stood out for me. He does not have a whole lot of weaknesses left in his game at this point, and the fact that he can now run the floor for extended minutes will be huge for him at the college basketball level.
He was probably not pleased to hear that Jabari Parker would not be returning to school, but Okafor was probably also not surprised by that. When you can go top three in the draft, then you simply have to come out of school. Anyone who disagrees with that has probably not been in that situation before, and I would advise you to put yourself in the other person’s shoes for a bit.
That is all for today from Prep, but as always I will part with a bit of fortune cookie wisdom.
“Well, when I was younger, I lied all the time, because once you understand the power of lying, it’s really like magic because you transform reality for people” -Louis C. K.