Jahlil Okafor was named co-MVP of the Jordan Brand Classic recently and it should be one of many more MVP honors for the center in the future. The expectations for the Duke Blue Devils should be sky high next season, and I think they will get to the Final Four at the very least.
It will be interesting to see what starting lineup they roll with next season, but you can bet that Okafor will be holding down the low block. He will have his former USA U-19 teammate Tyus Jones setting him up from the perimeter and the former Apple Valley (MN) point guard’s jump shooting should give them some nice floor spacing.
“He definitely looked out for me,” Okafor said after the Jordan game. “He’s an amazing point guard, an amazing passer. He made my job a lot easier today and I fed off him and the rest of my teammates.”
Jones has clearly been the best point guard through all of the high school All American games, although Emmanuel Mudiay has shown the most pro potential of all the guards in the 2015 draft class. Granted, it is not a guarantee that any of these players enter the draft, but (as we have seen this year) it is pretty rare that a top five pick decides to go back to school. And to be honest, it makes total sense that it is a rare occurrence, at least until the NCAA goes through some pretty whole-sale changes. Unlimited food? Not quite enough. Some of these kids could get that by just living near their parents’ refrigerator throughout their college years. It all just seems a bit petty.