Jahlil Okafor, arguably the top high school basketball prospect in the nation, and highly touted point guard Tyus Jones have elected to take their talents to Duke, according to SportsCenter's Twitter feed:
Big day for Duke. No. 1 recruit Jahlil Okafor, No. 4 Tyus Jones commit to play for Coach K and the Blue Devils.— SportsCenter (@SportsCenter) November 15, 2013
The 5-star recruit ultimately decided to play for head coach Mike Krzyzewski, bringing his interior presence, rim protection and ability to dominate offensively in the low post to Durham.
According to 247Sports, Okafor grades out as the No. 1 overall prospect on the site’s composite rankings. He’s not flawless, but he's possibly the closest thing to it in the Class of 2014.
The 6’10”, 270-pound center prospect should make an immediate impact for the Blue Devils, as he has the sheer size and developing skills to succeed as a freshman next season.
Okafor’s massive frame allows him the ability to control the lane and draw fouls from outmatched and undersized opponents. He’s an elite rebounder with excellent hands, while also possessing top-notch body control that isn’t typically seen from young bigs.
The only major knock on this Chicago native’s game is his relative lack of explosiveness. He’s certainly an above-average athlete, but he’s not on par with some of the springier talents he will be matching up with in college.
Will Okafor be another one-and-done player?
Regardless, the Whitney Young High School product is a sure thing and represents the crown jewel of Duke's recruiting class.
Jones—the No. 2-ranked point guard in the class (per 247Sports) and Okafor’s good friend—also made the decision to join the Blue Devils, making them the team to beat in 2014. The 6'2", 180-pound floor general averaged 20.6 points and 7.6 assists per contest for Apple Valley High School (Minn.) in his junior season, per 247Sports, and will give the Blue Devils a formidable inside-out punch.
Two other top recruits, Cliff Alexander and Stanley Johnson, made their decisions today. Alexander is headed to Kansas, according to SportsCenter's Twitter feed:
Kansas gets its big man of the future in Chicago native and No. 3 overall prospect Cliff Alexander.— SportsCenter (@SportsCenter) November 15, 2013
Johnson is headed to Arizona, according to ESPN's Chad Ford:
Stanley Johnson (9th nationally, 2nd PF) just committed to Arizona— Chad Ford (@chadfordinsider) November 15, 2013
While it’s unlikely that Okafor or Jones sticks around for longer than his freshman campaign, there will be national championship talk buzzing throughout Duke and its fans in 2014.