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Jahlil

Okafor

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#15

Center
Height: 6'11"
Weight: 270
Year: Freshman
City/State: Chicago, Ill.
High School: Whitney Young

Bio


2014-15
• Selected as the Wayman Tisdale National Freshman of the Year
• Named the NBCSports.com Freshman of the Year
• Earned unanimous first team All-America honors (Wooden Award, Associated Press, NABC, Sporting News, USBWA, NBCSports.com)
• Named both ACC Player of the Year and Rookie of the Year (media & coaches) ... became the first rookie to claim ACC Player of the Year honors and just the ninth freshman out of a major conference (ACC, Big East, Big Ten, Big 12, Pac 12 & SEC) to earn player of year accolades
• Selected to the All-ACC first team (media & coaches) ... joined teammate Tyus Jones in becoming the ninth and 10th freshmen in school history to be named All-ACC selections by the conference
• Named to the USBWA All-District III Team ... also tabbed the USBWA District III Player of the Year
• Two-time Wayman Tisdale National Freshman of the Week (12/14, 1/4)
• Named ACC Player of the Week once (1/5)
• Eight-time ACC Rookie of the Week (11/17, 11/24, 12/1, 12/22, 1/5, 1/12, 1/19, 2/2)
• Finalist for the Wooden Award, Naismith Trophy, Oscar Robertson Trophy, Kareem Abdul-Jabbar Trophy and the AAU Sullivan Award
• Garnered preseason All-America honors (Associated Press)
• Started all 38 games he appeared in during his one season at Duke
• Averaged 17.3 points, 8.5 rebounds, 1.3 assists and 1.4 blocks as a freshman
• Paced Duke in scoring (17.3 ppg.), rebounding (8.5 rpg.), blocks (54), made field goals (279), field goal percentage (.664) and free throw attempts (194) ... became the 13th freshman in ACC history and the second Blue Devil rookie to lead a team in scoring and rebounding
• Led the ACC in field goal percentage (.664) and offensive rebounds (3.53 orpg.) ... nationally, ranked second in shooting percentage and 19th in offensive rebounds ... led all conference rookies in double-doubles (11)
• Also ranked among the league leaders in scoring (17.3 ppg. - 3rd), rebounding (8.5 rpg. - 5th), blocked shots (1.42 bpg. - 4th) and defensive rebounding (4.95 drpg. - 9th)
• Ranked second in scoring among all freshmen nationally
• Led Duke in scoring 14 times ... netted 20 or more points in 14 contests
• Paced the Blue Devils in rebounding 19 times ... pulled down 10 or more boards 11 times
• Led the team in assists once ... registered three or more assists seven times
• Recorded 28 straight games with double-figure scoring to start his Duke career, becoming the first freshman in conference history to accomplish such a feat ... finished the year scoring double-digit points in 35 of 38 games
• Shot 75.0 percent or better from the field 14 times during the year, becoming the first Blue Devil to accomplish such a feat
• Became the 14th player in program history and seventh under Mike Krzyzewski to finish a season with at least 600 points and 300 rebounds (657 points, 322 rebounds)
• Set Duke freshman records for rebounds (322) and dunks (64) in a season
• Finished with 14 games scoring 20 or more points, the second most by a freshman in school history
• Registered the third-best scoring average by a freshman in program history ... produced the third-highest field goal percentage for a season all-time at Duke
• Finished the season with nine games with 10 or more made field goals, tied for the fourth most in a season in Duke history
• Ranks fourth in the ACC freshman record books in points scored (657)
• Recorded 25 points and 20 rebounds in a win over Elon (12/15) ... the 20-20 game was the first by an ACC player since 2012 and just the third by a freshman in conference history ... his 20 rebounds set a Duke freshman game record
• Converted a career-high 13 field goals against Virginia Tech (2/25) and No. 11 Notre Dame (3/13), becoming just the second Duke freshman with 13 made field goals and the only to accomplish the feat twice
• Finished with a season-high 30 points against Virginia Tech (2/25), tied for the fourth-highest scoring output by a Duke rookie
• Tied the Duke freshman record for offensive rebounds in a game with 10 against Elon (1/25) ... became the first freshman in school history to record nine games with six or more offensive rebounds ... ranks third in the Duke season record books with 134 offensive rebounds
• Finished 14-of-17 at the charity stripe against Boston College (1/3), a Duke freshman game record for free throws made ... his 28 total points set a Duke freshman record for points scored in an ACC debut
• Scored 10 points on 5-of-9 shooting in Duke’s win over No. 3 Wisconsin (4/6) in the NCAA National Championship game
• Finished with 18 points on 7-of-11 shooting, six rebounds, two steals and two blocks against No. 23 Michigan State (4/4)
• Combined for 47 points against Robert Morris (3/20) and San Diego State (3/22), the 10th most by a Duke player in the first two games of a single NCAA Tournament ... scored 21 points against Robert Morris on 9-of-11 shooting and finished with 26 points against San Diego State after going 12-of-16 from the floor ... also blocked three shots against the Aztecs
• In the ACC semifinal game against No. 11 Notre Dame (3/13) netted 28 points on 13-of-18 shooting to go with eight rebounds and two blocks
• Registered a double-double with 13 points and 14 rebounds, including seven offensive rebounds, against Syracuse (2/28) ... also dished out four assists against the Orange
• Pulled down nine rebounds to go with a career-high 30 points against Virginia Tech (2/25) ... seven of the nine rebounds were on the offensive end
• Finished with 12 points, 13 rebounds, three assists and two steals against No. 15 North Carolina (2/18)
• Tallied 23 points and 13 rebounds against Syracuse (2/14) ... shot 10-of-15 from the floor and 3-of-4 from the foul line
• Connected on 9-of-11 from the field to finish with 20 points and 10 rebounds against No. 10 Notre Dame (2/7)
• Netted 10 points on 5-of-7 shooting and added nine rebounds, including six offensive boards, three assists and two steals against No. 2 Virginia (1/31)
• Finished with 22 points, 17 rebounds and three assists against No. 8 Notre Dame (1/28)
• Went 7-of-10 from the field against St. John’s (1/25) to finish with 17 points and 10 rebounds
• Recorded a career-best five assists against Pittsburgh (1/19) to go with 14 points
• Finished with 18 points and seven rebounds against No. 6 Louisville (1/17) ... went 8-of-10 from the field and 2-of-2 from the charity stripe
• Scored 15 points and hauled in 15 rebounds, including eight offensive boards, against Miami (1/13)
• Filled the stat sheet against NC State (1/11) with 23 points, 12 rebounds, three blocks and three steals ... finished 8-of-11 from the floor and 7-of-11 from the foul line
• Scored 12 points to go with 11 rebounds against Wake Forest (1/7)
• Netted 28 points on 7-of-11 shooting from the field and 14-of-17 from the charity stripe against Boston College (1/3) ... also blocked a career-high four shots and pulled down eight boards
• Scored 24 points and added eight boards, two blocks and two steals against Wofford (12/31) ... finished 11-of-13 from the floor
• Recorded 27 points on 12-of-15 shooting and eight rebounds against Toledo (12/29)
• Finished with 25 points, 20 rebounds, three blocks and two steals against Elon (12/15) ... pulled down a season-best 10 offensive boards ... shot 10-of-14 from the field
• Shot 6-of-8 from the floor against No. 2 Wisconsin (12/3) to finish with 13 points and six rebounds
• Scored 21 points to go with eight rebounds against Army (11/30)
• Tallied 24 points, seven rebounds, three assists and two blocks against Furman (11/26) ... converted on 12-of-14 shot attempts from the floor
• Recorded his first collegiate double-double against Stanford (11/22) with 10 points and 12 rebounds
• Finished with 16 points and eight rebounds against Temple (11/21)
• Netted 17 points and shot 8-of-10 from the floor against No. 21 Michigan State (11/18) ... added five rebounds, two blocks and two steals
• Finished with 17 points and nine rebounds against Fairfield (11/15) ... shot 8-of-10 from the floor
• Opened his collegiate career with 19 points, six rebounds and four assists against Presbyterian (11/14) ... shot 9-of-10 from the field

High School
• Four-year letterwinner for head coach Tyrone Slaughter at Whitney Young
• Two-time first team all-state selection by the Chicago Tribune and Champaign News-Gazette
• Three-time first team all-state pick by the Chicago Sun-Times
• Named MVP at the 2014 McDonald’s All-American Game after collecting 17 points on 8-of-15 shooting and seven rebounds for the victorious West team … became the fourth Blue Devil commit to secure MVP honors, joining Bobby Hurley (1989), J.J. Redick (2003) and Josh McRoberts (2005)
• Scored 29 points and grabbed nine rebounds to help the East Team of the 2014 Jordan Brand Classic win 158-147
• Tabbed 2014 Morgan Wootten National High School Player of the Year, the seventh Duke recruit to earn the award and the third in the last four years
• Selected as National Player of the Year by Parade and USA Today following his senior season ... also named to the Parade & MaxPreps All-America teams and was a first team All-USA selection by USA Today
• Honored as Mr. Basketball of Illinois in 2014 ... also named the 2014 Champaign News-Gazette State Player of the Year
• First team AP All-State 4A honoree in 2014
• Averaged 24.1 points and 11.3 rebounds during his senior season at Whitney Young, leading the team to a 28-5 record and a 4A state title
• Scored 33 points and added 14 rebounds in a 75–68 victory over Stevenson in the state semifinal
• Posted 35 points and 13 rebounds in a 75–66 victory over St. Rita of Cascia, earning Whitney Young its first sectional title since 2009
• Scored 16 points to go along with nine rebounds in a four overtime loss to Curie Metropolitan in the 2014 Chicago city championship game
• Had 22 points and 23 rebounds against Providence [Fla.] at the City of Palms Classic
• Named MVP of the Cancer Research Classic after a 24-point, nine-rebound performance against Prime Prep Academy
• Averaged 31.0 points and 12.5 rebounds per game at the 2013 Les Schwab Invitational
• Scored 22 points and added 15 rebounds in an early season win over Apple Valley and current teammate Tyus Jones
• Had 24 points on 10-for-13 shooting and 12 rebounds in a loss to No. 21 St. John’s Bosco ... lost on a buzzer-beater after leading the entire game
• Led Whitney Young to the 2013 Chicago Public League title ... averaged 20.9 points, 8.8 rebounds and 2.9 blocks as a junior
• Recognized as a 2013 All-Public League first team selection by the Chicago Sun-Times ... also named the Chicago Sun-Times Player of the Year
• First team All-USA selection by USA Today
• Tabbed as HighSchoolHardwood.com National Junior of the Year and a Junior All-America by MaxPreps
• Tallied 19 points, 14 rebounds and seven blocked shots in a 60–56 overtime Public League Championship game victory over Morgan Park
• Scored 26 points and added 13 rebounds in a 66–51 semifinal victory over Orr
• Led Whitney Young to an 85–52 victory over No. 6 Long Beach Polytechnic at the Hoophall Classic with 26 points, seven rebounds and three blocks
• Opened the season with 34 points, nine rebounds and four steals in a 72–58 victory against No. 15 DeMatha Catholic
• Averaged 24.8 points and 12.6 rebounds to help his team to the 4A section semifinal in 2012
• Named to the 2012 Class 4A all-state first team by the Chicago Sun-Times ... also tabbed second team all-state by the Chicago Tribune and Class 4A second team by the Associated Press
• Selected by the Chicago Public League Basketball Coaches Association to the 25-man boy’s All-City team in 2012
• Garnered All-Public League second team as well as all-area team accolades from the Chicago Sun-Times
• Tallied 26 points and 10 rebounds in Class 4A regional championship against St. Rita of Cascia
• Scored 26 points in a win over Harold L. Richards in the Class 4A regional semifinal
• Had 20 points, including 10 in the fourth quarter, nine rebounds and three blocked shots in a 62-55 loss to cross-town rival Simeon
• Averaged 7.0 points, 4.0 rebounds and 2.0 blocks while playing in 30 games (three starts) as a freshman ... helped Whitney Young to a 20-10 record with single-game highs of 22 points versus Manley High School and 11 rebounds versus Perspective Charter School
• Unanimously ranked No. 1 overall prospect in his class by ESPN, Rivals, Scout and 247Sports ... rated No. 1 overall by the Recruiting Services Consensus Index

USA Basketball
• Earned gold medals at the 2013 FIBA U19 World Championship, 2012 FIBA U17 World Championship and the 2011 FIBA Americas U16 Championship
• Named to the 2014 USA Basketball Junior National Select Team that played in the 17th Annual Nike Hoop Summit ... contributed 14 points and 10 rebounds to the USA’s 84-73 victory over the World Select Team
• Named MVP of the 2012 FIBA U17 World Championship ... also received all-tournament honors at the 2013 FIBA U19 World Championship
• Averaged 10.8 points and 4.8 rebounds per game, while shooting a tournament-best 75.1 percent (41-of-54) from the field in the 2013 FIBA U19 World Championship in Prague
• Teamed up with Duke teammates Rasheed Sulaimon and Justise Winslow to help Team USA to a 9-0 record ... came off the bench in all nine contests, scoring in double-figures seven times
• Had 12 points and eight rebounds in a quarterfinal win over Canada ... went 5-of-5 from the field and 2-of-2 from the foul line
• Went 7-of-11 from the field for 16 points in a pool play victory over Serbia
• Scored 15 points and added seven rebounds in a win over Russia
• Member of the 2012 USA U17 World Championship Team that compiled an 8-0 record earning the FIBA U17 World Championship gold medal in Lithuania
• Was joined on the U17 team by current teammates Tyus Jones and Justise Winslow as well as former Blue Devil Jabari Parker
• Averaged 13.6 points per game and a tournament seventh-best 8.3 rebounds per game, while shooting 59.5 percent (47-of-79) from the field to rank second among the 16-team tournament
• Recorded a double-double with 10 points and 14 rebounds against the Czech Republic
• Posted a game-high 21 points and 13 rebounds in a win over France
• Scored 17 points in the 95-62 gold medal win versus Australia
• Also helped the U.S. U17 squad claim a pair of exhibition victories over Australia and Latvia in Las Palmas, Canary Islands ... averaged 22.5 points per game and 10.5 rebounds per game earning MVP of the four-team tournament
• Started all five games (5-0) and averaged 14.6 points per game and 9.2 rebounds per game for the gold medal-winning 2011 USA U16 National Team ... shot a tournament second-best 71.1 percent (27-of-38) from the field and a tournament eighth-best 82.6 percent (19-of-23) from the line
• Was paired with current teammate Tyus Jones and former Blue Devil Jabari Parker on the U16 squad
• Opened the tournament with 19 points and five rebounds against Brazil
• Recorded a double-double with 10 points and 11 rebounds in a preliminary round win over Argentina
• Went 7-of-7 from the field and 4-of-5 from the free throw line for 18 points in the gold medal game win over Argentina ... also had 14 rebounds in the title game
• Also took part in USA Basketball Men’s Developmental National Team mini-camps at the U.S. Olympic Training Center in Colorado Springs in 2010, 2011 and 2014

Personal
• Born Jahlil Okafor on December 15, 1995, in Chicago, Ill.
• Son of the late Dacresha Lanett Benton and Chukwudi Obika Okafor … has two younger brothers, Jamonte and Ashondre, and one older sister, Jalen
• Played AAU for Mac Irvin Fire along with former Blue Devil Jabari Parker
• Named Co-MVP of the 2013 NY2LA Sports Swish ‘N Dish after leading the Fire to the team title ... first team selection at Nike Peach Jam
• Led his team to finals at 2013 Adidas Nations

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