It's been an eventful few days for the top players in the Class of 2014. Last Thursday, No. 1 prospect Andrew Wiggins (Thornhill, Ontario/Huntington Prep) reclassified from 2014 to 2013. On Friday, new ESPN 60 No. 1 Tyus Jones (Apple Valley, Minn./Apple Valley) talked about his new ranking and visiting both Duke and UNC.
And on Sunday night, elite junior big man Jahlil Okafor (Chicago/Whitney Young), the new No. 2 player in the ESPN 60, discussed how his recruiting was progressing and wanting to play in college with Jones.
"I have a lot of offers, and me and Tyus Jones are thinking package deal on where we will go to school," Okafor said. "That is the plan right now. The schools that are recruiting me are also recruiting him, like Kentucky, Michigan State, Ohio State, Louisville, Florida, Florida State, Duke, North Carolina, North Carolina State, Kansas, DePaul, Illinois, Northwestern, UCLA and Wisconsin. I hope I didn't forget anyone."
Jones is an elite point guard, and if he and Okafor team up on the college level that would be an inside-out attack that would be a huge problem for opponents -- the No. 1 point guard and No. 1 post player in the class at the two most important positions on the floor. A post player's best friend is a great point guard who can deliver him the ball, and for a point guard to have a low-post scorer he can depend on is priceless.
"I will probably trim my list at the start of my senior year," Okafor said. "I am looking for a school where I can play with good to great players. I don't want to be the only good player. My goal is to win a national championship."
"I already have good relationships with the coaches of most of the the major colleges I am looking at, but I will have to be more comfortable with the one at the school I select and feel that he has my best interest at heart," Okafor said.
Okafor knows getting into the best physical shape possible and maintaining his strength and conditioning is a top priority.
"I have been working on my conditioning," he said. "I want to be in premium shape for the season. I am now close to 6-11 right now -- probably 6-10 legit -- and I weigh about 270."
What sets Okafor apart in addition to his great size is his ability to score. In the lane, he is almost impossible to defend one-on-one at the high school level.
"My post-up game is what I do best -- my back-to-the-basket scoring in the lane," Okafor said. "I have also been working on reading and passing out of the double-team. I started to see them some last year."
As far as academics, Okafor is also doing well there.
"Right now I have around a 3.2 GPA and my favorite subject is British literature," he said. "I am interested in majoring in broadcasting and communications."
Okafor has the personality off the court and size and talent on the court to be successful. It will be a treat to watch him continue to make positive strides and dominate the post during his junior and senior seasons.