The Duke Blue Devils are used to having elite basketball talent come through Durham, but there is something different about the top centers in the country. Whitney Young (IL) center Jahlil Okafor is a special big man, and he will lead his team to quite a few wins on the way to a regular season title in the conference.
Sports Illustrated seems to agree with me, because they recently made Okafor the top freshmen in the country to keep an eye on next season. There were quite a few other notables on the list, including Emmanuel Mudiay and Cliff Alexander, and that just shows you how special of a class this one is going to be.
No one is going to be more game-changing than Okafor though, and it most certainly helps that he has another player on SI’s top ten list in Tyus Jones. Having a floor general like Jones will help the Blue Devils big man quite a bit, and as a result we could be seeing some video game numbers down in Durham next season.
When effective, centers are able to affect the game at more levels and with fewer minutes than any other position. I’m thinking of Anthony Davis and Patrick Ewing when I am talking about this, and Okafor has a chance to put himself in that same breath during his college career.
Prep will also have a piece later today about the draft combine, and how recruits should take a page out of Jabari Parker’s book when it comes to that.