As the No. 1 center of 2014 and No. 2 overall prospect, Whitney Young's Jahlil Okafor is on the top of several coaches' wish lists.
The 6'10", 270-pound will-be prep senior has offers from the who's who of NCAA hoops. Imagine Okafor teamed up with Jabari Parker and Tyus Jones—that'd be one superior trio of athletes romping the floor in front of the Cameron Crazies.
However, Okafor would be a great replacement for Adreian Payne, Michigan State's senior big man. Okafor would probably have a year with Branden Dawson, who would be a senior, along with a strong supporting cast that could include Gary Harris, a projected 2014 NBA Draft Lottery Pick.
Okafor is a sure one-and-doner, and when talents such as Okafor choose a college, they typically look for one that has the best chance of winning a national championship.
Perhaps the possibility of Michigan State not having guys like Harris and Dawson in the future is enough to deter Okafor.
It's anyone's guess at this point.
But, as mentioned earlier, he wants to play with Jones. Yeah, there goes that repetitive factor again—Okafor wants to attend college, and play basketball, with Jones.
Okafor said the following about playing with Jones in May to CBSSports' Jeff Borzello:
I talk to him every day. He's one of my best friends. We definitely want to go to the same school. Even without basketball, I'd want to go to college with him. He's a point guard, pass-first. He makes the game a lot easier for me. ... We want to commit at the same time,” Okafor said. “You don't want to have to deal with it throughout your last year. If we know where we're going, we're definitely going to commit
Okafor would immediately start in East Lansing, and so would Jones. During the interview with Borzello, Okafor had nothing but positive comments pertaining to Duke. He says the school would afford him memorable life experiences, not just a college athletic career.
It seems that Coach K has his hooks firmly planted into Okafor. The same is probably true for Jones. Izzo has a slight chance at getting both. But that's about it.
Let's call it a 20 percent chance.