DraftExpress NBA Draft Prospect Profile: Jahlil Okafor, Stats, Comparisons, and Outlook
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DraftExpress2: Jahlil Okafor is playing this game like he played U19s. Being extremely unselfish but scoring whenever he can get a paint touch.
2014-04-12 20:20:40
DraftExpress: Started off the morning with a great matchup of big men prospects Jahlil Okafor & Cliff Alexander vs Chris McCullough & Cheick Diallo #eybl
2013-07-13 10:06:08
DraftExpress: RT @DraftExpress2 Jahlil Okafor posted a 40.2 PER at U19s. For perspective on why that's crazy LeBron's NBA PER this year was 31.5
2013-07-07 16:54:06
DraftExpress2: Jahlil Okafor posted a 40.2 PER at U19s. For perspective on why that's crazy LeBron's NBA PER this year was 31.5
2013-07-07 16:52:06
DraftExpress: U-19 World Championship official All-Tournament team Vasilije Micic Dante Exum Dario Saric Aaron Gordon Jahlil Okafor #fibau19
2013-07-07 16:15:23
Team: Duke, Freshman
PhysicalsPositionsRankings Misc
H: 6' 11"
W: 272 lbs
Bday: 12/15/1995
(18 Years Old)
Current: C
NBA:   C
Possible: C
Pick: 1 in 2015 Mock Draft
RSCI: 2
High School: Whitney Young Magnet
Hometown: Chicago, IL

Predraft Measurements
YearSourceHeight w/o ShoesHeight w/shoesWeightWingspanStanding ReachBody FatNo Step VertMax Vert
2014Hoop SummitNA6' 10.75"2727' 5"9' 2.5"NANANA
2013USA Basketball6' 9.5"6' 11"2777' 6.25"9' 3"NANANA
2013USA BasketballNA6' 10.75"2737' 6"9' 3"NANANA
2011LeBron James CampNA6' 10"2727' 3"NANANANA

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2014 Nike Hoop Summit Video Interview: Jahlil Okafor, Brandone Francis
April 18, 2014

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2014 Nike Hoop Summit: USA Measurements
April 12, 2014
Jahlil Okafor
Weight: 272 lbs.
Height (w/ shoes): 6'10.75"
Wingspan: 7'5"
Standing Reach: 9'2.5
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2013 FIBA U19 World Championship Interviews: Okafor, Lyles, Gordon
July 7, 2013

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USA Basketball U19 World Championship Training Camp Report, Part Two
June 19, 2013
Going up against players nearly two years older than him, Jahlil Okafor didn't look out of place for a single moment here in Colorado Springs, showing that his terrific skill-level, basketball IQ and maturity would make him a devastating force at the college level already next year if he were eligible.

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Okafor established position inside the paint at will thanks to his massive frame, and then unleashed a barrage of phenomenal post moves time after time to score points virtually whenever he pleased. He drew fouls at a steady rate simply by catching the ball and being aggressive, being very difficult to contain thanks to his unique combination of power, finesse and smarts. His arsenal includes a variety drop-steps, spin-moves, up and unders and jump-hooks with either hand, as he was clearly the most fundamentally sound post-player in attendance despite only just having completed his high school senior year.

Not just a brute force with his back to the basket, Okafor can also operate in the mid-post as well, showing the ability to create his own shot off the dribble with a strong first step, great patience, outstanding footwork and soft touch around the basket.

In addition to his excellent skill-level, Okafor impresses with his willingness to play inside, not being afraid of playing through contact with the older players here in Colorado Springs. He clearly realizes what his strengths are and didn't shy away from banging inside even when things got very physical inside the paint, which is a good sign for his transition from high school to college and eventually the NBA.

Defensively, Okafor is a major presence inside thanks to his terrific frame and 7-3 wingspan, but his lack of experience shows much more on this end of the floor than it does offensively. He has a difficult time stepping out onto the perimeter due to his average lateral quickness, and isn't much of a rim protector as he does not possess tremendous explosiveness rotating over from the weak-side. He is a very good rebounder, though, doing a nice job cleaning up the glass on both ends of the floor.

Okafor appeared to be a lock to make the team from the very first moment he stepped on the floor thanks to his advanced skill-set and feel for the game, as he's simply a game-changer inside the paint that very few international teams will have an answer for. The US squad will likely look to utilize him heavily every time he steps on the floor, and he'll surely play a major role in any success this team has.
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High School Class of 2014: Elite Prospect Scouting Reports, Part One
September 27, 2012
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Recruiting Rankings: ESPN: #3, Scout: #4, Rivals: #2, 24/7: #6

Strengths:
-6-10 in shoes with a 7-3 wingspan
-Massive frame. 272 pounds, but looks to be in good shape physically
-Huge, soft hands. Palms ball like a grapefruit
-Very comfortable operating with back to the basket
-Excellent footwork and a natural feel for posting up and taking what the defender gives him
-Great body control and an array of spin moves
-Establishes position inside with ease
-Catches everything that is thrown to him
-A magnet for drawing fouls
-Finishes with either hand
-Tremendous offensive rebounder. Terrific length. Gives multiple efforts on the glass. Catches anything in his area
-Very good basketball IQ for his age
-Seems very grounded and well spoken off the court
-Incredibly young. Won't turn 17 until December

Weaknesses:
-With his body type, conditioning could be an issue in the future
-Good, not incredible athlete. Must continue to work on becoming more explosive
-Needs to improve free throw shooting
-Didn't log a single assist in eight games at the FIBA U17 World Championship. Only recorded six assists in 19 EYBL games
-Relatively untested defensively. Can he handle other players his size?

Outlook: Extremely poised young big man with tremendous size, length and strength. Has no qualms about playing inside. Very difficult to contain with his physical tools, skill-level and basketball IQ. A bigger version of Jared Sullinger? Still only 16 years old.

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