Last-Minute Sales Pitches for Duke, Kansas to Land Jahlil Okafor and Tyus Jones

Kerry MillerCollege Basketball National AnalystNovember 14, 2013

Jahlil Okafor is the top-rated recruit in the 2015 class.
Jahlil Okafor is the top-rated recruit in the 2015 class.247Sports

On Friday afternoon, four of Rivals' top five college basketball recruits are expected to announce their decisions, with presumed package deal Jahlil Okafor and Tyus Jones causing us to hold our collective breath.

The school that lands the top center and top point guard in the 2014 recruiting class will more than likely become the favorite to win the 2015 national championship.

Duke and Kansas are believed to be the finalists to land the dynamic duo, but it's anyone's guess which blue blood school they'll actually choose.

If there's still time to change the minds of these future superstars, here are the last-minute sales pitches that each school should be using.


Duke's pitch to Jahlil Okafor: Become the greatest center in the history of an iconic program

If Okafor decides to go to Kansas, his best-case scenario for all-time comparisons is to maybe get mentioned in the same breath as Wilt Chamberlain. Unless he is simply out of this world, he will probably end up getting compared to recent big Jayhawks like Jeff Withey and Thomas Robinson.

Who are the great centers in Blue Devil lore? Mason Plumlee and Sheldon Williams?

Be serious.

If he's anywhere near as good as advertised, Okafor's only historical competition at Duke at the center position is Mike Gminski, which is a battle he might win if he can bring another championship banner to Cameron Indoor Stadium.

No matter where he goes for his one collegiate season, Okafor will be on the fast track to a lottery pick in the 2015 NBA draft.

Why not pick the school that could come to regard him as one of the greatest players to ever wear its jersey?


Kansas' pitch to Jahlil Okafor: Outdo Andrew Wiggins by averaging 25 points and 15 rebounds per game

There are so few quality big men in the Big 12 that Okafor would look like a man among little boys.

Why spend a season risking injury by banging bodies with top recruits at North Carolina, North Carolina State, Syracuse, Louisville, Pittsburgh and Notre Dame when he can look even better while helping Kansas coast to an 11th consecutive Big 12 regular season championship?

There's no need to worry about the lesser competition affecting his draft stock, either.

Keep in mind that the Milwaukee Bucks took Yi Jianlian with the sixth overall pick in the 2007 draft because of how well he could post up a chair in workouts. And Anthony Bennett was the top pick in the 2013 draft after spending most of last season unable to record double-doubles in the Mountain West Conference.

If he becomes a star at Kansas, he is all but guaranteed to be taken with one of the first three picks when he comes out of college.


Duke's pitch to Tyus Jones: Follow in the footsteps of Kyrie Irving

Hopefully, he can avoid the one footstep that caused Irving to miss more than half of his lone college season with a toe injury, but you get the point.

Armed with an absurd number of nationally televised games and under the tutelage of arguably the greatest coach in college basketball history in Coach K, Jones just might become the most coveted point guard by NBA scouts.

Never mind what the scouts are coveting, though. How could anyone turn down the opportunity to be the starting point guard at Duke University?

Other than perhaps quarterback of the Dallas Cowboys and shortstop of the New York Yankees, there isn't a more high-profile position in American sports.


Kansas' pitch to Tyus Jones: Become the driving force of the most talented roster in the country

In this day and age, there's no telling who will leave for the NBA before playing four years in college.

We can safely assume that Andrew Wiggins won't return for his sophomore year, but what about Wayne Selden Jr. and Joel Embiid? Will Andrew White III, Perry Ellis and Jamari Traylor be back for their junior years?

Only time will tell what they decide, but what if Wiggins is the only one who leaves early?

Kansas has already signed one 5-star recruit for next season in small forward Kelly Oubre. Pair Oubre and Jones with those five potentially returning players, and suddenly we're spending this next offseason talking about Kansas' chances of going 40-0.

If Jones starts at point guard for the first undefeated team in nearly 40 years of college hoops, he's a lock to finish near the top of all subsequent slideshows about the greatest players in college basketball history.