There were a lot of high level prospects at the NY2LA Swish N Dish over the weekend. Here is a look…
Okafor shares the latest
The No. 1 player in the class of 2014 did not disappoint at the NY2LA Swish N Dish over the weekend. Jahlil Okafor out of Chicago (Ill.) Whitney Young dominated and helped the Mac Irvin Fire bring home the title, and in the process updated his recruitment. At roughly 6-foot-10 and 260 pounds, Okafor looks in even better shape now than he was during the high school season. Okafor says that is due to hard work and a little added motivation. "I think it is coming around good," said Okafor. "I have been working on keeping in shape and becoming a better athlete. My coaches on the Fire are crazy so they always want me to do extra stuff, it has just been a lot of fun." Recruiting wise Okafor says things remain the same. Schools like Duke, Michigan State, Illinois, Kentucky, Louisville, Arizona, North Carolina, Ohio State, Florida, and others have all offered and continue to recruit Okafor. One of the schools that has been talked about the most with Okafor is Duke, and a huge reason for the interest is Blue Devils Head Coach, Mike Krzyzewski. "Coach K, that is my guy," said Okafor. "Coach K speaks for himself with the Duke program and what he has done and the legacy he has built. It is an amazing legacy and I am really close with the assistant coaches and Jabari Parker is going there and he is one of my best friends so I will be able to get some insight from him next year." Michigan State has also been there from the beginning with Okafor, and he says that Tom Izzo makes sure to remain in close contact. "Izzo was one of the first coaches to start recruiting me," Okafor explained. "They have been after me since my freshman year. He has been consistent and I talk to them a couple of times a week and I am really considering and like Michigan State." Ohio State is another school that has put in a lot of work with Okafor. Okafor has a close relationship with former Buckeye Jared Sullinger, and the big man says he stays in touch with Sullinger and the OSU coaches. "I like Ohio State," Okafor said. "They play through the post, and with me being a post player that is something that is always going to be attractive to my eyes. I talk to Jared often, and he doesn't press me about Ohio State, but he does say to me how much he loved it there. I do like Ohio State a lot." At the moment Okafor says there is no specific plan for when he will make visits or a decision. According to Okafor he and his dad are still in the process of figuring things out, along with his good friend Tyus Jones. "We don't know when we are going to decide," said Okafor. "We still have to plan the official visits. Me and Tyus want to make our visits together so we have to plan that out with my parents and his parents." The recruiting process can be stressful, but Okafor says being able to go through it with a good friend like Jones is something that helps ease that stress a little bit. "It is a lot easier to go through this with someone who you can relate to that is going through the same thing you are," said Okafor. "I can talk to him about anything and he can talk to me about anything, so it makes everything a lot easier."
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