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Jahlil Okafor

Center – Duke University – Freshman

Height: 6’11” – Weight: 270 – Wingspan: 7’5” – Max Vertical: N/A

17.3 Points – 8.5 Rebounds – 1.3 Assists – 1.4 Blocks – 66.4 FG% – 51.0 FT%

Overall Ranking #3 – Comparison: DeMarcus Cousins

Major: Hopes to go back to school to earn his Masters & Bachelors degree (Undecided)

Strengths: Astounding ability to score on the block, footwork is impeccable, has mastered almost every post move you’d want in an NBA big man, ungodly body control considering his frame/length, humongous hands that allow him to control the basketball in ridiculous fashion, not predictable in regards to making post moves, comes as strong as they’re built, finishes through contact effortlessly, good effort when going for offensive rebounds, and cleans up his teammates misses with surprising jams.

Weaknesses: Defense. Defense. Defense. Jahlil is a bad defender, falls asleep, plays lazy, and doesn’t box out for defensive rebounds — relies on his size like he’s still in high school — atrocious 51% free throw shooter, and awful jump shooter. Has a lot of trouble scoring if he can’t post up his defender on the block.

Summary: Okafor is one of the best back-to-basket scorers to come out of college for a long time. It’s extremely rare to see this unique skillset before NBA development. However, with where the league is heading he might not be as effective as many are hoping. His defense and free throw shooting can give him trouble if he wants to stay in for “crunch time”. Okafor’s body and athleticism are good signs that he can improve in his areas of need. Jahlil has a great chance to grow to a level known as “Boogie Land”.



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