Apr. 3, 2013; Chicago, IL, USA; Varsity basketball team member Jahlil Okafor poses at Whitney M. Young Magnet High School in Chicago. Okafor, a 6 foot 10 inch junior who plays the center position, is poised to become one of the top basketball recruits for college teams in the country. Mandatory Credit: Guy Rhodes-USA TODAY Sports

Jahlil Okafor, Duke commit, named National Player of Year


Three days after leading his Whitney Young team to the IHSA 4A state title, Duke Blue Devils commit and the No. 1 recruit in the nation, Jahlil Okafor was named the Morgan Wooten Player of the Year.

“This is one of my most important accolades because this is more than just basketball,” Okafor tells the Chicago Tribune. “It takes a look at me as a person, my character, me as a student athlete. This is an amazing accomplishment for me to have.”

The 6-11, 270-pound center averaged 24.1 points and 11.3 rebounds per game this season and for the second year in a row the award went to a player in Illinois. Last year’s winner, Jabari Parker, would be teammates with Okafor if he decides to bypass the 2014 NBA Draft, which would seem to be unlikely, even after Duke lost in the first round of the NCAA Tournament to Mercer.

Okafor headlines Dukes’ No. 1 ranked recruiting class, according to 247Sports, which also includes five-star recruits in point guard Tyus Jones and small forward Justsze Winslow and four-star shooting guard Grayson Allen.

You can see Okafor in action against the best prep talent in the nation in the McDonald’s All-American Games on April 2 at the United Center in his native Chicago.

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